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Johnny Cash's first foray into acting was this 1961 film noir. Murderer, bank robber, thug, and obviously an unstable maniac, his Johnny Cabot is a total bad guy. As part of an intricate bank robbery, he holds a banker's wife hostage in her own home while his partner (Vic Tayback) is at the bank. If they don't get a bag full of money in five minutes, it's curtains for this pretty housewife.
While it is true that Cash's performance won't win any Oscar's, he gets big ups for pulling out all the stops and lunging in as a snarling, drooling, and playfully sadistic bad guy - though still with that Cash charisma. Also released as Door-To-Door Maniac, the film features an impressive performance by Cay Forester as the woman held under siege (and while this may seem like a typical woman-in-peril tale, it is interesting to note that Forester also wrote the screenplay). Also on board are little Ronnie Howard as the young son, and Donald Woods as the bank-manager husband.