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Release Date:
1 May 1952 (USA) See more »
HELD FOR RANSOM! Kidnappers demand atomic secrets! See more »
An atomic scientist's son is kidnapped by enemy agents. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Gene Barry ... Dr. Frank Addison
Lydia Clarke ... Martha Addison
Michael Moore ... Russ Farley
Nancy Gates ... Ellen Haskell

Lee Aaker ... Tommy Addison

Milburn Stone ... Insp. Harold Mann

Bert Freed ... Emil Jablons

Frank Cady ... F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... 'Greg' Gregson
Leonard Strong ... Donald Clark
Jerry Hausner ... John Pattiz
John Damler ... Dr. Peter Rassett
George Lynn ... Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
Olan Soule ... Mortie Fenton

Anthony Warde ... Arnie Molter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... F.B.I. Agent (uncredited)
Norman Budd ... David Rogers (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Mrs. Marion Fenton (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Barber (uncredited)
Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Peggy Marston (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Prize-Drawing Emcee (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Baseball Game Usher (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Chief Inspector (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... F.B.I. Agent (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Projection Room Speaker (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Davis--F.B.I. Man (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ... Sydney Fenton (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Uniformed Policeman (uncredited)
William Meader ... Smitty--F.B.I. Agent (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Dr. Gus Schwambach (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Dr. Hodgins (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... F.B.I. Agent in Car (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Henry--Nuclear Scientist (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Mary Murphy ... Young Woman Buying Stamps (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Hotel Barber (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Table at Dance (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... F.B.I. Agent (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jerry Hopper 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Boehm 

Produced by
Joseph Sistrom .... producer
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Al Roelofs 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Gene Barry's film debut.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Ancient atomic thriller noir, 13 July 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Atomic City refers to the community of Los Alamos in New Mexico where nuclear scientists live and work. It's a self contained private community with right security as tight as when it began during World War II. But on a school trip, Lee Aaker son of atomic scientist Gene Barry, is kidnapped and held for ransom for the secret of the newly developed hydrogen bomb.

This film was made in 1952 at the time when Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's case was on appeal and front page headlines. So it was a timely film back during the McCarthy era.

It's a tightly edited little noir thriller. I recommend it highly as an antique of bygone days.

What was amusing to me is the way the FBI is portrayed. In this day and age I'm not sure too many people really care other than for political posturing as to how terrorists are treated. Back then though the FBI had this all American image. They don't do things like torture prisoners.

When Leonard Strong one of the kidnappers is nabbed, he laughingly flings the Bill of Rights and the FBI's code of conduct in their faces and won't divulge anything. Then Milburn Stone, the FBI agent takes a break and father Gene Barry goes in with the prisoner alone. Needless to say, Strong coughs up what they need but quick.

J.Edgar Hoover was most concerned about the image of his bureau and his agents, so the third degree for the FBI couldn't be shown. Kind of laughable today.

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