Experiment in Terror

Experiment in Terror is a 1962 neo noir suspense-thriller released by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon based on their 1961 novel Operation Terror. The film stars Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, and Ross Martin.[1]

Experiment in Terror
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBlake Edwards
Produced byBlake Edwards
Written byMildred Gordon
Gordon Gordon
StarringGlenn Ford
Lee Remick
Stefanie Powers
Ross Martin
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyPhilip H. Lathrop
Edited byPatrick McCormack
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 13, 1962 (1962-04-13)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited States


A psychotic killer, Garland "Red" Lynch, uses a campaign of terror to force San Francisco 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 Francisco office of the FBI, 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 is a chase through Candlestick Park after a night time baseball game between the rival San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. On-field action includes several close-ups of Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale. Ripley and his men ultimately surround Lynch on the infield of the stadium. As Lynch takes aim at a police helicopter, Ripley shoots him and he dies on the pitchers mound.



Experiment in Terror was filmed on location in San Francisco. Kelly Sherwood's house is at 100 St. Germaine Avenue in the Clarendon Heights district of San Francisco. Kelly works at the Crocker-Anglo Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) located at One Montgomery Street. The climactic chase at the end of the film was filmed at Candlestick Park; other nearby filming locations included Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.


The film opened in New York on 13 April 1962.[2] The film was originally released in the UK under the title The Grip of Fear.[1]


Ross Martin was nominated for a 1963 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]


  1. Erickson, Hal. "Experiment in Terror: Overview Allmovie". Allmovie. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  2. TCM Overview
  3. "Experiment in Terror: Awards Allmovie". Allmovie. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
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