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Experiment in Terror is a 1962 crime film directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon based on their 1961 novel Operation Terror. The film stars Glenn Ford and Lee Remick and is highlighted by Henry Mancini's score and the moody black and white photography.


A psychotic killer, Garland "Red" Lynch, uses a campaign of terror to force San Franciscomarker bank teller Kelly Sherwood to steal $100,000 from the bank for him. Despite his threat to kill her or her teenaged sister Toby if she goes to the police, Sherwood contacts the San Franciscomarker office of the FBImarker, where agent John Ripley takes charge of the case.

Ripley interviews a woman who implies that she's involved in some way in a serious crime, but before she can give Ripley the details, Lynch murders her. Sherwood continues to be terrorized with phone calls, an asthmatic condition making the unseen Lynch's voice all the more sinister.

The FBI identifies the criminal, noting that Red Lynch has a record of convictions for statutory rape, forgery, criminal assault, armed robbery and murder.

They track down his girlfriend, Lisa Soong, whose 6-year old son has just had a hip replaced. Lynch is paying all the hospital bills. Because of this, Lisa refuses to believe that Lynch is a criminal and will not cooperate with the investigation. Ripley nevertheless manages to get some information about "Uncle Red" from the boy.

Lynch finally gives Sherwood a time and date to steal the money, and just to make sure that she does, he kidnaps her sister Toby and holds her captive.

The climax of the film is a chase through Candlestick Parkmarker in the middle of a nighttime baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. Ripley and his men ultimately surround Lynch on the infield of the stadium.


  • Glenn Ford as John "Rip" Ripley
  • Lee Remick as Kelly Sherwood
  • Stefanie Powers as Toby Sherwood
  • Ross Martin as Garland Humphrey "Red" Lynch
  • Roy Poole as Brad
  • Ned Glass as Popcorn
  • Anita Loo as Lisa Soong
  • Patricia Huston as Nancy Ashton
  • Gilbert Green as Special agent
  • Clifton James as Capt. Moreno
  • Al Avalon as Man who picks up Kelly
  • William Bryant as Chuck
  • Dick Crockett as FBI agent #1
  • James Lanphier as Landlord
  • Warren Hsieh as Joey Soong
  • Sidney Miller as Drunk
  • Clarence Lung as Attorney Yung
  • Frederic Downs as Welk
  • Sherry O'Neil as Edna
  • Mari Lynn as Penny
  • Harvey Evans as Dave
  • William Sharon as Raymond Burkhardt

Cast notes
  • Dodgers' pitcher Don Drysdale appears as himself in brief close-ups during the baseball game sequence.


Experiment in Terror was filmed on location in San Francisco. The house used for the home of Kelly and Toby Sherwood was located at 100 St. Germaine Street.

The film opened in New York on 13 April .

In the United Kingdommarker, the film was exhibited as The Grip of Fear.


Ross Martin was nominated for a 1963 Golden Globe Award for "Best Supporting Actor".


  1. IMDB Filming locations
  2. TCM Overview
  3. IMDB Awards

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