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After a ten-year hiatus, lawyer Ralph Anderson (Richard Widmark) returns to his hometown of Tula, California, where his father Lloyd (Carl Benton Reid) and brother Tippy (Earl Holliman) serve as the town's sheriff and deputy. Forced to represent a mob boss, Victor Massonetti (Lee J. Cobb), Ralph asks his father to look the other way while a local airfield is used to enable Massonetti to flee the country. A disgusted Lloyd agrees to help, but Tippy decides to go after the big cash reward. The stellar cast includes Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island) as Tippy's beautiful wife, Linda, who once was the love of Ralph's life and Lorne Greene (Bonanza) as Davis, Massonetti's right hand man. Art direction by the legendary Henry Bumstead (Vertigo), Cinematography by the great Daniel L. Fapp (West Side Story) and beautifully directed by Norman Panama (Knock on Wood).

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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Tina Louise, Earl Holliman, Lorne Greene
  • Directors: Norman Panama
  • Writers: Norman Panama
  • Producers: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009ANP24C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Morbius on November 23, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Excellent little known film from '59 with Richard Widmark and the great Lee J Cobb.... This one can be viewed either 1:33 or 1:78....the picture is decent, but it looks like a much older film for some reason....it's definitely not the clearest print--but it is very watchable, and the story is pretty good too.... Basically, Widmark is forced to help a mob boss make a safe getaway, but things just don't work out as planned.... This film seems much like a western and could have easily been made as one, as it has a Bad Day at Black Rock kind of feel to it....great stuff here....also, Tina Louise looks much better here than she did on Gilligan's Island....great little twist near the end as well....highly recommended....
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I'm writing this review to warn those film buffs like myself who may be tempted to pay the high price for this tantalizing disc. With a stellar cast and widescreen blu ray to boot I jumped and boy am I disappointed! This OLIVE release BR is full of grain, color shifts, spots, and is just terrible ...it looks like a poorly colored in black and white film.

To confirm... I'm not reviewing the movie...just letting folks know that to spend 20+ Bucks for this feels terrible as its not up to BR standards.

I have been pleased with Olive so far but today also picked up Ramrod and it IS a black and white movie which is marginally better than this BR in quality... but with Joel McRea and Veronica Lake.. it was worth the gamble.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By movie addict on October 3, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have quite a few Richard Widmark movies on DVDs and none have dissapointed me.A seemingly bad boy forced to come back home.(Have you all seen Ginger on Gilligan's Island?) Tina Louise (Ginger) doesn't look the same as in the island,but she is very beautiful and has a great shape, and is caught in between one love and another.Why this actress did not make more films (dramatic roles) I don't know,but I wish she had.This is a great story of one against some tough odds and the ability to resist easy money.Even if you can,will you be able to make your destination (against the mob?Hmmmm.) I loved this sory.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bronson McQueen on January 6, 2013
Format: DVD
This REAL CLASSIC movie is worth the money.It takes place in modern time...however it takes place in a modern western town.Take a look at the mountain in town.It's the VERY SAME TOWN they film Bonanza.And to top it off it has Lornne Greene in a bad guy role. And the studio that made this classic is the same studio that later made the series.."BONANZA!" Paramount studios.That same mountain in the bakground of buildings was also used in Paramount's Classic western.."GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K.Corral." Back to the movie...It's plot is great.The actors are better then we have today.Today they fly around a blue screen or blow people up. Here we had actors with may I say..TRUE GRIT!!!! WIDMARK...Super...LOUISE...BEAUITFUL AS EVER. Earl Holliman a very under rated actor.He is very powerful as Widmark's kid brother. Lee J.COBB...always at his best.Lornne Greene growing into a great future t.v.star. It's must see thriller.Waited a long time to get it. And it's in the great WIDESCREEN/COLOR of greatness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry from Genadendal RSA on May 27, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow! I have seen this movie back in the 60's - what a surprise! Clear picture and one of Richard Widmark's best performances in his earlier years.

If you love suspense/Action The Trap is just for you!

Highly recommended

Henry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Druxman on April 23, 2014
Format: DVD
THE TRAP (1959) reminds me a lot of KEY LARGO (1948).

Both films deal with gangsters taking control of a confined space in order to carry out their nefarious agenda. In KEY LARGO, it’s an isolated hotel on the Florida Keys, and in THE TRAP, it’s a small town (and all roads leading to it) in the Mojave Desert.

Richard Widmark plays a big city attorney, the prodigal son of the desert town’s sheriff (Carl Benton Reid). He left home ten years ago under a cloud, but now he’s back to ask his hard-nosed father for a favor; to turn his back when a fugitive crime kingpin (Lee J. Cobb) uses the local landing strip to flee the country.

Cobb’s well-armed small army of mobsters have surrounded the town, thus Reid reluctantly agrees not to interfere with the escape, but his younger, alcoholic son (Earl Holliman), unhappily married to Widmark’s former girl friend (Tina Louise), has other ideas. Hoping to collect a reward, Holliman sets up an ambush, but things go awry, resulting in Reid being killed.

Now, an angry Widmark has had enough and captures Cobb. With the help of Holliman, who’s not sure which side he’s on, and the other deputies, he attempts to transport the criminal to a more secure prison facility; a desert trek of over sixty miles that is being patrolled by Cobb’s men.

Although a bit talky at times, THE TRAP, directed by Norman Panama, is a pretty good little crime thriller that boasts a strong cast, good action sequences and some pleasing desert vistas in Technicolor. Widmark’s final attempt to thwart Cobb’s escape, considering that there was no CGI in 1959, is quite exciting and well staged.

© Michael B. Druxman
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By honourme on November 19, 2012
Format: DVD
this is another excellent movie from the golden years of hollywood greatold time actors were in it
and it was packed securely and arrived before the due date thanks again for that great service
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