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15 May 2014

Another classic 1950’s film will soon be added otsoNY. This hidden gem starred legendary actor James Mason as well as screen sirens Inger Stevens and Angie Dickinson.

Shot entirely in black and white, the film centres on Paul Hoplin played by Rod Steiger who is the mastermind of a crime to collect a $500,000 ransom by threatening to use an explosive device that Jason Mason’s character Jim Molner designed. He and his gang are holding Molner, wife Joan and young daughter Patty hostage. FBI agents gather in New York with representatives of an airline. Hoplin has been sending anonymous notes, suggesting that a bomb will be planted on a plane.

Joan Molner played by Inger Stevens, who while filming a scene in a subway tunnel was nearly asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes and was given emergency oxygen. The actress at the time said that she wanted to die and Steiger and his crew had to convince her otherwise. Years later on April 30, 1970, when Miss Stevens was only 35 years old, she died of an overdose. Inger’s character is forced to go alone to collect the ransom payment, while Hoplin's accomplices, a woman named Eileen Kelly played by Angie Dickson, who later appeared in another New York based film, Dressed to Kill and a man named Vince, watch her husband and child in a Brooklyn penthouse apartment.

Joan barely makes it back by the gang's deadline in time to prevent her husband's death. She is left alone with an ex-con, Steve, who has a history of sexual assaults on women. Forced to defend herself, she kills Steve with a shard of glass. Using the dental records of Kelly, the FBI manages to find the hideout. They disarm Vince and shoot Kelly, wounding her. Now they must find Molner's wife, but Holpin has seen newspaper reports that her husband and daughter are safe. She runs for her life into a subway, and when Hoplin pursues her, he steps on a third rail and is electrocuted.

Locations used in New York include Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the highway close to George Washington Bridge and Kappock Street in the Bronx.

Angie Dickinson

Although Angie Dickinson was not the lead in this picture, her performance was still outstanding. Born on September 30, 1931, Dickinson has starred in dozens of films over her 40-plus-year career, and recently finished shooting Warner Bros. fall release Pay It Forward, in which she has a featured role with Kevin Spacey, Helen Huntand Haley Joel Osment. Her feature films include Dressed to Kill, Big Bad Mama, Point Blank, The Killers, Ocean's Eleven, Rio Bravo, Sam Whiskey, Sabrina, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Capt. Newman, M.D., The Sins of Rachel Cade, Cast a Giant Shadow and The Bramble Bush. On television, she starred in the series Police Woman as well as numerous miniseries and movies, including Wild Palms, Hollywood Wives,Pearl, The Freeway Killings, Overboard, Thief, various specials, and numerous outings on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

She entered a beauty pageant in 1953 and was placed second. The exposure brought her to the attention of a television industry producer, who asked her to consider a career in acting. She studied the craft and a few years later was approached by NBC to guest-star on a number of variety shows, including The Colgate Comedy Hour. She soon met Frank Sinatra, who became a lifelong friend. She later was cast as Sinatra's wife in the film Ocean's 11. On New Year's Eve 1954, Dickinson made her television acting debut in an episode of Death Valley Days. This led to other roles in such productions as Matinee Theatre (eight episodes), Buffalo Bill Jr., City Detective, It's a Great Life (two episodes), Gray Ghost, General Electric Theatre, Broken Arrow, The People's Choice (twice), Meet McGraw (twice), Northwest Passage, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Tombstone Territory, Cheyenne, and The Restless Gun.

Rejecting the Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield style of platinum blonde sex-symbolism because she felt it would narrow her acting options, Dickinson initially allowed studios to lighten her naturally-brunette hair to only honey-blonde. She appeared early-on mainly in B-movies or westerns, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) in which whe co-starred with James Garner. In 1959, Dickinson appeared in Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo, in which she played a flirtatious gambler called "Feathers" who becomes attracted to the town sheriff played by Dickinson's childhood idol John Wayne. The film co-starred Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan. When Hawks sold his personal contract with her to a major studio without her knowledge, she was unhappy. Dickinson nonetheless became one of the more prominent leading ladies of the next decade, beginning with The Bramble Bush with Richard Burton and Ocean's 11 with friends Sinatra and Martin, two films released in 1960. These were followed by the political potboiler A Fever in the Blood (1961), a Belgian Congo-based melodrama, The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961), in which she played a missionary nurse tempted by lust, and the title role in Jean Negulesco's Jessica (1962) with Maurice Chevalier, in which she played a young midwife resented by the married women of the town. Angie would also share the screen with friend Gregory Peck in the comedy-drama Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

In The Killers (1964), a film originally intended to be the very first made-for-television movie but released to theatres due to its violent content, Dickinson played a femme fatale opposite future U.S. President Ronald Reagan in his last movie role. This movie was directed by Don Siegel. It was a remake of the 1946 version based on a story by Ernest Hemingway. Dickinson co-starred in the comedy The Art of Love (1965), in which she played the love interest of both James Garner and Dick Van Dyke. She appeared in a star-studded Arthur Penn/Sam Spiegel production, The Chase (1966), along with Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, and Robert Duvall. That same year she appeared in Cast a Giant Shadow with Kirk Douglas.

Dickinson's best movie of this era was arguably John Boorman's cult classic Point Blank (1967), a lurid crime drama with Lee Marvin as a criminal betrayed by his wife and best friend and out for revenge. The film epitomized the stark urban mood of the period, and its reputation has grown through the years. Westerns would continue to be a part of her work in 1969, when she starred in Young Billy Young with Robert Mitchum, and in Sam Whiskey, where she gave a young Burt Reynolds his first on-screen kiss. In 1971, she played a lascivious substitute high school teacher in the dark comedy Pretty Maids All in a Row for director Roger Vadim and writer-producer Gene Roddenberry, in which her character seduces a sexually inexperienced student, portrayed by John David Carson, against the backdrop of a series of murders of female students at the same high school; it was a box-office failure. In 1972, she played in The Outside Man, a French movie shot in LA, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, directed by Jacques Deray. In this movie she plays the wife of a mobster. In 1973, she co-starred with Roy Thinnes in the supernatural thriller The Norliss Tapes, a TV-movie produced and directed by Dan Curtis. One of Dickinson's best-known and most sexually provocative movie roles was the tawdry widow Wilma McClatchie from the Great Depression romp Big Bad Mama (1974) with William Shatner and Tom Skerritt. Although well into her forties at the time, she appeared nude in several scenes, which created interest in the movie and a new generation of male fans for Dickinson.

Since then, she has continued to work on television and in films, and more recently made a brief cameo in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, having starred in the original alongside good friends Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.


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