Night Holds Terror, The (1955): Andrew Stone’s Noir Thriller (Family in Peril)

Andrew L. Stone wrote and directed The Night Holds Terror, a crime film noir, based on a true incident, starring Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes and Jack Kelly.

The Night Holds Terror
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Theatrical release poster

The tale is narrated by the kidnapped man.

It all begins when family man Gene Courtier (Kelly) makes the mistake of picking up a hitch-hiker, Victor Gosset, a wanted criminal.

Gosset and his accomplices, Robert Batsford and Luther Logan, take Courtier and his family captive in their home at gunpoint. They demand that Courtier sell the car in the morning and hand over the money.

With police closing in, the gang refuses to leave. Courtier’s father is a wealthy man, so the robbers now want a large sum in ransom. Courtier gets the best of them eventually, however, with all three of his kidnapers ending up dead.

Jack Kelly as Gene Courtier
Hildy Parks as Doris Courtier
Vince Edwards as Victor Gosset
John Cassavetes as Robert Batsford
David Cross as Luther Logan
Eddie Marr as Captain Cole
Jack Kruschen as Detective Pope
Joyce McCluskey as Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale as Bob Henderson
Barney Phillips as Stranske
Roy Neal as TV Newsreader
Joel Marston as Reporter
Guy Kingsford as Police Technician


Produced, written, directed by Andrew L. Stone
Music by Lucien Cailliet
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Virginia L. Stone


Columbia Pictures

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Release date: July 13, 1955 (United States)

Running time: 86 minutes


TCM showed the movie on May 15, 2020.