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A former mental patient murders a bus driver, then takes refuge in a bar, where he holds the patrons hostage.

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Virginia Field ...
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Helen
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Dr. John D. Faron
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Earl
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Chuckles - Bartender
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Hal Baylor ...
Police Lt. 'Whitey' Tallman (as Hal Fieberling)
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A young mentally-ill killer, Gunther Wyckoff, escapes from a mental institution, murder a bus driver and, then, takes six hostages in a bar. The gun in Wyckoff's hand kills without emotion or pity wielded by a man bare of emotion. Begins as a moral question whether an insane killer should or should not be sent to the electric, but goes elsewhere before it ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When Wyckoff goes to the office of Dr. Faron in the Criminal Courts Building, the number on the door is plainly printed on said door. But, in close-up, the number is covered with plastic or glass held in place by four screws. See more »

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A truly wonderful disturbing lost film noir gem!
18 May 2001 | by (Kalispell, MT) – See all my reviews

The film follows a disturbed young man who kills without remorse. It is surprisingly disturbing considering the period in which it was filmed. After killing a bus driver, the baby faced young man seeks refuge in a bar and holds its patrons hostage. All he wants is to see the psychiatrist who committed him three years before. The film is notable for its stark and unflinching portrayal of someone completely unable to feel remorse. The film is also notable as it was one of the first movies put out by MGM under new management which turned the company away from solely making big budget events. This B-movie thriller marked a new territory for MGM. It is well-worth watching - IF you can find it!


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