The Atomic City (1952)

Unrated  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  1 May 1952 (USA)
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An atomic scientist's son is kidnapped by enemy agents.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Frank Addison
Lydia Clarke ...
Martha Addison
Michael Moore ...
Russ Farley
Ellen Haskell
Tommy Addison
Insp. Harold Mann
Emil Jablons
F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
'Greg' Gregson
Leonard Strong ...
Donald Clark
Jerry Hausner ...
John Pattiz
John Damler ...
Dr. Peter Rassett
Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
Olan Soule ...
Mortie Fenton
Arnie Molter


At Los Alamos, New Mexico, the maximum-security "atomic city" of U.S. nuclear-weapons research, top atomic scientist Frank Addison has a normal, middle-American life with his wife and son...until the boy is kidnapped by enemy agents to extort H-bomb secrets. Result, a fast moving chase thriller with some parental soul-searching. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

1 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt der tausend Gefahren  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gene Barry's film debut. See more »

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A very effective and interesting cold war era thriller.

In this cold war thriller, Gene Barry plays Frank Addison, an atomic scientist at Los Almos (aka The Atomic City) whose son Tommy is kidnapped by communist agents. The kidnappers demand from Addison that he hand over atomic secrets in exchange for Tommy's safe return.

This very effective cold war era espionage thriller used turn up often on late night television in late sixties and early seventies. I missed it then, but got a chance to see it very recently when I found a video copy tucked away in a remote corner of my favorite video store. I found THE ATOMIC CITY to be a tense, exciting thriller of the type they made so well back in the late forties and early fifties. The film moves at a quick pace, most of the cast is good, the black and white photography excellent, and very good use of real locations.

One interesting thing I discovered while watching this film is how Los Almos was actually a self contained city, hence the title. The scientists who worked at Los Almos lived in houses inside the secure confines of Los Almos. Los Almos even had its own schools. It is interesting that Tommy is kidnapped when he leaves the secure isolated confines of "The Atomic City" when goes on a school trip.

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