Hot Summer Night (1957)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 15, 1957 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Hot Summer Night is an out-of-the-ordinary crime yarn from the TV/radio production team of Morton Fine and David Friedkin. Unemployed journalist William Joel Pertain (Leslie Nielsen) hopes to reestablish himself by capitalizing on a recent wave of bank robberies. Pertain has a "lead" to the gang's leader Tom Ellis (Robert Wilke), and intends to parlay this into a hot news story. Instead, he places the lives of himself and his wife Irene (Colleen Miller) in dire peril. Of interest is the fact that the villain is portrayed with a modicum of sympathy, while the reporter comes off as a bit of a jerk.

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bride, gangster, hostage, investigation, journalism, kidnapping, killing, obsession, reporter, rescue, robbery, scoop [journalism], victim