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Seven Days to Noon (1950)

An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the center of London if the Government ... See full summary »

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Olive Sloane ...
Goldie
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Superintendent Folland (as Andre Morell)
Sheila Manahan ...
Ann Willingdon
Hugh Cross ...
Stephen Lane
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Peckett
Ronald Adam ...
The Prime Minister
Marie Ney ...
Mrs. Willingdon
Wyndham Goldie ...
Rev. Burgess
Russell Waters ...
Det. Davis
Martin Boddey ...
Gen. Willoughby
Frederick Allen ...
Himself - BBC Newsreader
Victor Maddern ...
Private Jackson
Geoffrey Keen ...
Alf
Merrill Mueller ...
Himself - American Commentator
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An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the center of London if the Government don't announce the end of any research in this field within a week. Special agents from Scotland Yard try to stop him, with help from the scientist's assistant future son-in-law to find and stop the mad man. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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18 December 1950 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Presently available version, as broadcast on Turner Classic Movies, has been cropped to fit the 16:9 wide screen ratio, despite the fact that it was filmed in the traditional 4:3. See more »

Goofs

On Monday Folland's door reads SPECIAL BRANCH C.I.D. with his nameplate (and he has no office clock); by Wednesday this has changed to SUPERINTENDENT. The clock is present, though seemingly stopped at ten to two. See more »

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A great fifties thriller.
16 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

An absorbing tale, well-told.

The big picture - London being evacuated, Prime Ministerial meetings, military operations - are contrasted with the anti-hero's attempts to evade detection among the city's ordinary people. His encounters with a seedy land-lady (brilliantly played the late Joan Hickson), and a fading second-rate actress, are depicted in fine detail.

But the film never gets bogged down - whenever the pace threatens to slow-up the scene cuts to racing police cars, thundering army convoys, or shrieking steam trains.

Carefully photographed set-pieces, solid acting all round, and a tense climax. Top stuff.


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