Floods of Fear (1958)

Genres - Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller  |   Release Date - Nov 18, 1958 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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After years of suffering through lookalike MGM musicals (at least, that was his complaint), Howard Keel was able to sink his teeth into a dramatic role in the British Floods of Fear. Serving a life term for murder, Donavan (Howard Keel) breaks out of jail with sadistic convict Peebles (Cyril Cusack), taking along a wounded guard (Harry H. Corbett) as hostage. It is Donavan's intention to exact revenge against the man who framed him, but this will have to wait: a driving rainstorm is threatening to precipitate a raging flood. Taking refuge in the tiny house owned by the terror-stricken Elizabeth (Anne Heywood), the convicts and their captives nervously wait out the storm. Slowly, Elizabeth and Donavan are drawn to one another, while Peebles threatens to erupt into a fit of homicidal rage at any moment. When the flood reaches the danger level, Donavan performs several self-sacrificial acts of courage, prompting Elizabeth to try to save him from ruining what's left of his life.

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convict, courage, damsel-in-distress, doom, escape, escaped-convict, false-accusation, false-conviction, flood, frame-up, girl, innocence, killing, love, man, murder, name-clearing, on-the-run, police, prison, romance, stranded, threat