When a wealthy young heiress debarks from her flight to Paris, she’s ushered into the limousine driven by Bud, dressed as a chauffeur, and taken to a remote country beach house by the ocean. She’s being held by a nervous gang of kidnappers for ransom. The snatch was organized by a career petty criminal named Wally, who is looking to make one big score before calling it quits. Wally’s junkie sister Vi is an airline stewardess who arrived on the same plane as the victim and is in on the kidnapping. She is the lover of Bud, a longtime chum of her brother’s. The only stranger taken into the gang is Leer, hired by Wally to be the enforcer. Leer turns out to be a sadistic psycho who gets pleasure taunting the teenage girl, and upsets Bud who wants no rough stuff on the caper.
Things start going wrong from the start making Bud want to back out, but he stays because of his friendship for Wally. The local gendarme fishes by the beach house and asks Vi innocent questions that spook her. Vi snorts heroin and fails to meet Wally and Bud at the village airport for a ride back to the house as arranged, but the omnipresent cop arrives to give them a ride and unnerves them further by asking more questions about the beach house arrangement. The film gets even more tense when Leer intimidates the girl after foiling her escape attempt. It builds in tension to the climactic scene where the girl’s father arrives in the village with the ransom and the intricate plan begins to unravel, leading to fireworks and a surprising conclusion. —Ozu’s World of Movie Reviews
Richard Boone was a college student, boxer, painter and oil-field laborer before ending up in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he used the G.I. Bill to study acting with the Actor’s Studio in New York. Serious and methodical, Boone debuted on Broadway in the play “Medea”. Other plays followed, as did occasional TV work. In 1950 20th Century-Fox signed him to a contract and he made his screen debut in Halls of Montezuma (1950), playing a Marine officer. Tall and craggy, Boone was continually cast in a number of war and western movies. He also tackled roles such as Pontius Pilate in The Robe (1953) and a police detective in Vicki (1953). In 1954 he was cast as Dr. Konrad Styner in the pioneering medical series “Medic” (1954), which was a critical but not a ratings success. This role lasted for two years, but in the meantime, he continued to appear in westerns and war movies.
In 1957 he played Dr. Wright, who treats Elizabeth for her memory lapses, in Lizzie (1957… read more
Uneven Euro crime thriller starts off incredibly slow - with a number of long takes where absolutely nothing happens - but it gets much better by the end. Some of the suspense sequences were expertly crafted, while others seemed strangely amateurish. Good performances, cinematography that is sometimes gritty and realistic and other times bland. But the 60s pop music score did get annoying.