The Price of Fear (1956)

Approved   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


The Price of Fear (1956) Poster

The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.


6.3/10
219

Photos

  • The Price of Fear (1956)
  • Lex Barker and Merle Oberon in The Price of Fear (1956)
  • Charles Drake in The Price of Fear (1956)
  • Merle Oberon and Warren Stevens in The Price of Fear (1956)
  • Lex Barker and Warren Stevens in The Price of Fear (1956)
  • Gia Scala in The Price of Fear (1956)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


21 October 2017 | Spikeopath
7
| Jessica Warren I Love You.
The Price of Fear is directed by Abner Biberman and adapted to screenplay by Robert Tallman from a story by Dick Irving Hyland. It stars Merle Oberon, Lex barker, Charles Drake and Warren Stevens. Music is by Heinz Roemheld and cinematography by Irving Glassberg.

Little seen or just forgotten these days, The Price of Fear is actually a rather tight and entertaining piece of film noir film making. Rising above some production limitations, pic is strong on characterisations and it looks just splendid. Story essentially finds Barker as an innocent man out to prove he didn't kill two people in two separate incidents!, while Oberon slips into femme fatale clothes as a love interest who's trying to avoid being found out for one of the killings Barker is under scrutiny for.

Narrative is deliciously twisty in how characters react and perform during the play. Into the mix is an intrepid detective, smooth talking villain, a blackmailing wife, a witness under duress and even a train sick canine! Old noir faithfuls coincidence and fate play their big hands, as does some narration drive. The look is minus chiaroscuro but the nighttime scenes are impressive enough, shiny streets and bulbous lights excellently photographed by Glassberg, while Biberman plays with frame tilts and interesting framing of the lady characters.

There's been some complaints about cast performances, but all are fine here. OK, so it lacks in viper femininity and laconic masculine as per noir classics previously, but nothing here hurts the piece. Solid as a rock is this, it even has the courage of its convictions to provide a genuine surprise ending. Where the main players catch a train to noirville, the termination point worth waiting for. 7/10

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Undertow

Undertow

I've Lived Before

I've Lived Before

Framed

Framed

The Female Animal

The Female Animal

Walk a Crooked Mile

Walk a Crooked Mile

To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

Dear Murderer

Dear Murderer

The Upturned Glass

The Upturned Glass

Shed No Tears

Shed No Tears

Naked Alibi

Naked Alibi

Never Trust a Gambler

Never Trust a Gambler

Wicked as They Come

Wicked as They Come

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Romance | Thriller

Did 'It Chapter Two' Break a Record for Fake Blood?

ScareDiego kicked off Comic-Con with a preview of the year's most anticipated horror film, It Chapter Two, so on this IMDbrief, we break down the sneak peek of the bloody sequel.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out IMDb's San Diego Comic-Con coverage, featuring Kevin Smith as captain of the IMDboat, July 18 to 20, 2019, visit our guide to Star Wars, family entertainment, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com