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

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A young mentally-ill killer, Gunther Wyckoff, escapes from a mental institution, murders 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. It begins as a moral question whether an insane killer should or should not be sent to the electric chair, but goes elsewhere before it ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The newspaper editor's secretary, who makes only a brief appearance and has two or three short, expertly delivered lines, is Barbara Billingsley, later to become a television icon as the mother of Beaver Cleaver. See more »

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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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Bar patrons held hostage in slice-of-life noir
21 May 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The disturbed veteran became a staple character of the postwar noir cycle. In Dial 1119 -- the equivalent of 911 today -- clean-cut Marshall Thompson plays the most whacked-out of the bunch, a cold, disengaged psycho who kills without reaction or remorse. Riding the Big Dog into town (the aptly named Terminal City), he steals the bus driver's gun and, when confronted, plugs him dead. Then he holes up in a bar containing a cross-section of small-town America; the liveliest of them is Andrea King as man-hungry barfly Helen. Seems he returned to town to meet with the police psychiatrist who knows the "real" story behind his shell-shocked persona....Dial 1119 is an engaging (if never quite gripping) drama, part of MGM's low-budget, black-and-white early 1950s productions under Dore Schary


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