Experiment in Terror

Synopsis: Kelly Sherwood is terrorized by a man with an asthmatic voice who plans to use her to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works. He threatens to kill her teenage sister Toby, if she tells the police. However she manages to contact F.B.I. agent Ripley.
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Oh, shut up, Murphy.

Is someone there?

I'm not going to hurt you.

I don't wanna hurt you.

I just wanna talk to you.

Now, nothing's going to happen

unless you do something foolish.

Then I'll kill you.

I've killed twice, so I won't hesitate

to do it again. Do you understand?


You've got a small waist.




...35, right?

I know a lot about you, Miss Sherwood.

What do you want?


I'll scream. Somebody'll hear me.

This is a dead-end street.

You won't scream.

And I know what kind

of a street this is.

Why don't we go in the house?

There's nobody home.

Yes, I know.

Your sister's staying with a friend,

Louella Hendricks, 206 Palo Alto Street.

She left at 7:

and you left for your party at 7:32.

You see?

I do know a good deal about you.

Just about everything

there is to know.

We'd be more comfortable

in the house.

And you could see what I look like.

No, no. If you could identify me,

you might be tempted.

That way we'd both lose out.

You'd be dead...

...and I'd be out $100,000.

- $100,000?

- That's the figure.

If you know so much about me,

you know I don't have any money.

Of course you have.

You've got a whole bank full of it.

You've got me pretty well cased.

Isn't that the word?

That's the word.

Your 16-year-old sister Toby goes

to the George Washington High School.

Her present boyfriend, David...

...picks her up for school

just before you leave for work.

She has lunch at the school

or at a place called the Hangout...

...with some of her friends.

She's done at 3:
15. If David can't bring

her back, she comes home by bus.

In any case, she's home by 4:00.

Now, that's an hour and a half

she's by herself.

All by herself.

Your sister's a very attractive

little girl.

- What do you want me to do?

- That's better.

It's very simple. When the time's

right, you're gonna rob a bank.

- That's impossible.

- Not at all.

Now, I just wanted to meet you

at close range tonight, so to speak.

But I'll be with you again...

...and then I'll explain just

what you're gonna do...

...and how you're gonna do it.

If everything works out right

and you don't cause any trouble...

...I'll even cut you in for 20%.

You're very generous.

Don't provoke me, Kelly.

Don't provoke me!.

If you don't want the money,

that's your affair.

But you have no choice in this.

You'll do as I say.

If you try to tell anybody

or notify the police...

...I'll know it.

I'm not the only one watching you.

Is that clear?

All right.

All right, Kelly...

...get in the car.

Look straight ahead, Kelly,

and don't turn around.

Close the door.

Straight ahead, Kelly.

I haven't hurt you this time

because I think you'll cooperate.

But remember,

one false move and I'll kill you.

Or I'll kill your sister.

Stay where you are for 10 minutes.

Good night, Kelly.

You'll hear from me again.


I'll connect you with an agent.

Put her on.

It's Ripley speaking.

May I have your name, please?

Your phone number?


Miss Sherwood?

I knew you'd try

to call the police, Kelly.

Now, I allowed you this one mistake

because I wanted to teach you a lesson.

I hope you've learned

that lesson, Kelly.

Because next time...

...I'll kill you for sure.

You understand?

We'll phone all the Sherwoods.

You take San Francisco.

You take Marin. I'll take Oakland.

What do we say?

Say our call to Miss Sherwood

got cut off.

Don't say who you are.

If it's no lead, hang up.

She said someone was gonna kill her?

Yeah. You know, she seemed to know

what she was talking about.

- Hello? Miss Sherwood?

- Hello.

Hold it. Rip, got your party.

- Sorry, must have the wrong number.

- Mr. Ripley wants to talk to you.

Miss Sherwood?

No, I haven't gone to bed yet. I was just

doing some things around the house.

Is somebody listening?

Well, I don't know. I'm not sure.

Inside the house?


Well, I honestly don't know,

but it's certainly possible.

All right. You answer as best you can.

- You say a man is going to kill you?

- Yes, that's right.

He was there

when the phone went dead?

I see. Did he do anything to you?

Well, you....

You certainly....

Certainly know all the answers.

- Are you hurt?

- No, not really.

I'm used to those long hours

at the bank.

She lives in Twin Peaks.

Street's a dead end.

Is the address there

100 St. Germaine Street?

- We'd like to come out there.

- No.

No, Dick.

If you find the lighter, why don't you

bring it to the bank tomorrow?

- ls the bank in the downtown area?

- Yes.

I found it around the corner on Post St.

Around the corner from the bank.

- The Crocker-Anglo Bank?

- That's right.

Now, you're doing fine now.

Is anything going to happen to you

or at the bank tonight?

- No, I don't think so.

- I still think we'd better come out there.

No!. Absolutely not, Dick.

It really isn't necessary.

You mean it might put you

in some kind of danger?

- I knew you'd understand.

- I tell you what you do.

Leave the phone off the hook. I'll arrange

to keep the connection open all night.

That would be wonderful.

Thank you, Dick.

Good night.

Good night.

Janie, get me the special agent and

Capt. Moreno of Bureau of lnspectors.

If we go there,

we might put her in danger.

It's a dead-end street,

and if he's watching the house....

Let's stake out the bank soon.

Now get me Sillenga,

get me Ryan, get me Taylor.

Send a car to St. Germaine.

This spot here.

Tell them to take it easy

and keep out of sight.

Are you there?

Yes, ma'am.

Car 10 in, please.

Car 10 in, please.

Car 10.

Nothing here. Just wanted

to know if you're stationary.

We're stationary, all right.

- How's it going?

- Everything's quiet.

Lou, why don't you come by the pool?

- Who's gonna be there?

- Everybody. All the kids.

It'll be kicks. Come on.

Hi, sis.

It's a beautiful day in San Francisco.

The high will be around 72 degrees

with a bit of fog expected tonight.

T oby.

What are you doing after school today?

- Why?

- I just wanna know.

- You want me to do something?

- No. I just wanna know.

Now, Toby....

Sis, is something wrong?

No, I just didn't get

much sleep last night.

Dave said something about

going over to the park.

- And he'll bring you home?

- Sure.

- Sis?

- What?

Look, I thought we had a deal, huh?

No secrets. Tell each other everything.

I'll tell you all about it tonight.

But I want you to promise me something.

I don't want you to be by yourself

at any time today, do you understand?

- Sounds pretty serious.

- It's not serious yet.

But it could be

unless you do exactly as I say.

If Dave gets you home before I get there,

sit in the car and wait with him, okay?

- Gee, sis--

- I'm going to be late.

Now, just trust me and do as I say.

I'll explain it to you when I get home.

- All right.

- Bye-bye.


Put a surveillance

on the sister at school.

If he's threatening the older one,

the younger one may be a lever.

- Better keep it loose.

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