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



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. John D. Faron
Richard Rober ...
Police Capt. Henry Keiver
Harrison D. Barnes
Chuckles - Bartender
Television Announcer
Hal Baylor ...
Police Lt. 'Whitey' Tallman (as Hal Fieberling)


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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3 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Les Ames nues  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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No big star--just a noir bar
1 September 2005 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

What I liked about "Dial 1119" is that it's basically ignored as an example of film noir yet, for a film made in 1950, this thing was ahead of its time. First off, there's a big-screen TV in the bar, which plays an important part in advancing the plot. The folks who made this picture also foresaw the role that TV news would come to play in taking over a story. Good cast with William ("Cannon") Conrad as Chuckles the bartender, Leon ("Mr. Ed") Ames and Marshall ("Daktari") Thompson as the central character, our friendly neighborhood psycho. Finally, you've got a love a film noir selection that takes place in Terminal City.

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