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Split Second (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 May 1953 (USA)
Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town without knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning.

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Sam Hurley
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Kay Garven
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Dottie Vale
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Larry Fleming
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Asa Tremaine
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Bart Moore
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Arthur Ashton
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Sam Hurley, "Nation's No. 1 killer" with a cold contempt for "heroes," escapes prison with two companions and takes a mixed bag of hostages to Nevada ghost town Lost Hope City. He knows they won't be found there because an atom-bomb test is planned for next morning! Relationships shift and tension builds as Hurley keeps the others in suspense as to whether he will let them escape before bomb time. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Atomexplosion in Nevada  »

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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The woodie station wagon driven by Hurley has a desert water bag on the front bumper. After turning off the main road toward the ghost town, the bag is missing. Later on the bag is back on the bumper. See more »

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Larry Fleming: You don't think very much of people, do you?
Sam Hurley: I don't think very much of anything.
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Referenced in Skullduggery (1983) See more »

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27 October 1999 | by (Bethlehem, Pa. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Stephen McNally, what a mean man. Boy, could he play the bad guy >and almost make you love him. Not to condone his actions in the >flick, but to say that he acted with bravado. He had the knack >for being mean. In this film, he needs to be the "man" to stay >alive, but fate has a way of making humans small. This story is >so tight and well done, that this is a keeper. Next time it's >run turn on the VCR and hit record. It's the kind of flick that >stands up well today by fitting in with the violent control >people will always display when they are criminals on the run. >Beautiful Alexis Smith and sultry Jan Sterling bring out the >animal instincts in the men of the cast. Their looks are just as >persuasive as their acting abilities. This is a "B" movie that >rates an "A+" for showing that it could be done with the right >chemistry of the cast, director and producer. I love this type >of flick!


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