Five Steps to Danger

Five_Steps_to_Danger_posterSuggested by Brad Nelson • When his car breaks down, John Emmett meets another motorist, Ann Nicholson, who offers him a lift. He learns that she is running away from her physician, Dr. Simmons, and the police, who want to question her about a murdered CIA Agent.
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7 Responses to Five Steps to Danger

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    For Sterling Hayden fans (and surely there are some out there besides me), this is a can’t-miss crime drama from the ’50’s.

    Well..it might indeed miss. But this is the kind of popcorn movie that you watch with tongue planted firmly in your cheek. Yes, the acting is stiff. Yes, the direction and production values are not top-notch. No, this is not Hitchcock. But it’s quite watchable as an example of the genre.

    And if you’re a Sterling Hayden fan as I am, you’ll have an ess-eating grin on your face hearing General Ripper in ever one of Hayden’s baritone lines. As of this writing, this movie is streaming on Netflix.

    Despite the stiffness, there is plenty of character to carry this film, including Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer) as Ruth Roman’s way-too-clingy psychiatrist.

    As for realism, who hasn’t offered a lady a little help along the side of the road and then found oneself handcuffed together and on the run from the law involved in a spy plot regarding highly-classified cold war ballistic missile secrets? There’s much more at stake than the heroics of the gallant Sterling Hayden or a low Rotten Tomatoes rating.

    Roman and Hayden

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Hayden was an interesting fellow. I am sure he would have been a good companion to have a couple of drinks with. But I suspect I would stop after 3 or 4 and leave the rest to him.

    I especially liked it that he had his master’s ticket and and sailed the Seven Seas with the Johnsons.

    Many years ago, I saw Irving Johnson give an interview on TV and he had some great stories to tell. I think I may steal one and write a story about it. The problem is, I am not very familiar with nautical terms.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    Aside from his role as Klink, the only role I can remember for Klemperer was as a villain in The Man from UNCLE (“The Project Strigas Affair”, which also featured William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy).

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