The Price of Fear (1956)

The Price of Fear (1956)

Released: 1956
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre
Director: Abner Biberman
Starring: Charles Drake, Lex Barker, Merle Oberon, ,
Run time: 79 min
IMDb: 6.4/10
Country: USA
Views: 68776


The co-owner of a racetrack discovers that his partner has sold out to a gangster. The gangster plans to take sole control of the track and plans to get rid of his new partner. The partner’s problems are just beginning, though, as he finds himself involved with a beautiful woman who, unknown to him, was involved in a hit-and-run and is trying to set him up for the crime.
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User Reviews: Businesswoman Merle Oberon runs over an old man and speeds off. She has second thoughts and stops at a phone booth. After she gets the police, Lex Barker, on the run from gangsters who are about to kill his partner, spots it, hops in and zooms off. Miss Oberon reports the car stolen. Buddy/police Lieutenant Charles Drake thinks there’s something wrong with the set-up.

There’s something about this sort of 1950s drama that strikes me as not impossible, but brittle. So many of the lines are delivered without any emotional weight to them, as if the character is thinking about his words, then considering why he has chosen those words, until all feeling has been rendered out out them. Perhaps it’s the pace of the dialogue that I find so unappealing. In the late 1930s, the pace of dialogue in the movies sped up, and the audience was given the impression of a stream of consciousness. Certainly Joseph Gershenson’s two bars of theme that rise up majestically from a large orchestra overwhelm the performances instead of accentuating them.

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