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The Atomic City (1952)

Unrated  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  1 May 1952 (USA)
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Dr. Frank Addison
Lydia Clarke ...
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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Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
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Leonard Strong ...
Donald Clark
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Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
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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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Starts Nicely, But Then...
23 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I found "The Atomic CIty" somewhat disappointing after two viewings. It starts from an interesting platform; young son of big-shot post-war nuke scientist bottled-up in New Mexican middle-of-nowhere research base is kidnapped and held for intelligence ransom. But after 30 minutes it descends straight down to a very mediocre, run-of-the-mill kidnapped kid story complete with all cliché trimmings (hysterical mother, overwrought macho dad).

The film drifts between styles. The lead-in sets up a documentary-style narrative. But then the early family scenes present a more dramatic style. Scenes where the cops are tracking down the kidnappers slide back into documentary. It's a goofy stew with uneven pacing.

To make matters worse none of the characters are well developed and by the end you'll probably find that you just don't care what happens very much any more.


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