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The Atomic City (1952)

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

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Dr. Frank Addison
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Martha Addison
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Russ Farley
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Ellen Haskell
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Tommy Addison
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Insp. Harold Mann
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Emil Jablons
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F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
'Greg' Gregson
Leonard Strong ...
Donald Clark
Jerry Hausner ...
John Pattiz
John Damler ...
Dr. Peter Rassett
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Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
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Mortie Fenton
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Arnie Molter
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HELD FOR RANSOM! Kidnappers demand atomic secrets! See more »

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Ahead of its time but lacks necessary bite.
13 July 2006 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

The young son of nuclear physicist Dr. Frank Addison (Gene Barry) is kidnapped by enemy agents. They offer up his life and well-being in trade for the H-bomb secret knowledge Dr. Addison possesses of America's atomic program.

This cold war paranoia thriller is in some ways ahead of its time as many such themed films would get made in the years to come. While it has its moments, maintaining an high level of suspense with regards to the continued safety of Dr. Addison's son Tommy (well played by Lee Aaker) and creating an exciting climax at the end, this disappoints in that it never delves into the negative possibilities associated with the H-bomb secrets falling into enemy hands, an exploration of which I feel would have given this the bite it lacks. Also the villains remain much too colorless and forgettable aside from a chilling sequence where they try and lure the child Tommy out of a cave hideaway. All in all though, it's better than I expected thanks in no small part to a good cast and tight-paced direction.


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