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The Atomic City (1952)

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

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Dr. Frank Addison
Lydia Clarke ...
Martha Addison
Michael Moore ...
Russ Farley
Nancy Gates ...
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
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Dr. Peter Rassett
George Lynn ...
Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
Olan Soule ...
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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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1 May 1952 (USA)  »

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An enjoyable Atomic Age thriller
5 March 2003 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I have just watched The Atomic City for the first time and was very impressed by it.

A nuclear scientist's son is kidnapped when he goes out of the confines of Los Almos on a school trip. The kidnappers want to know the secrets of the H bomb, but it isn't long before the FBI are on the case and the kidnappers eventually track down the boy and the kidnappers in some old cliff dwellings. The boy is rescued at the end, but not before he nearly falls from a cliff trying to escape the kidnappers.

This movie was filmed on location in Los Almos and San Francisco and good use is made of these locations. It gives you an idea on what life was like in this period.

The movie's cast includes Gene Barry (War Of The Worlds), Nancy Gates (World Without End) and the boy is played well by Lee Aaker (The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin).

I enjoyed this movie and is worth watching if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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