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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 knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning.

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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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The escaped convict Bart Moore is played by Paul Kelly who himself spent 25 months during the late 1920s in California's San Quentin State Prison. He was convicted of manslaughter for the beating death of actor Ray Raymond, the first husband of actress Dorothy Mackaye, who was having an affair with Kelly and would later marry him. Kelly's next film after this one was Duffy of San Quentin (1954) where he plays the title role - the warden of the prison where he himself did time. See more »

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Hurley and his accomplices get in the car driven by Kay Garven and her fur coat is laid over the seat back. In an ensuing scene, the coat is missing and then is back in another scene. See more »

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Larry Fleming: [referring to Dottie's mother] Six husbands, and you're still working on your first.
Dorothy 'Dottie' Vail: Mother used up all the men we knew.
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escaped cons take hostages into a blast zone
27 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Three desperate escaped convicts flee into the Nevada wastelands. Along the way they kidnap 5 travelers and force them to hole up in a ghost town for one night. To complicate matters, the government is planning to detonate an atomic bomb early the next morning which will turn the old town into toast. Very tense drama with a nerve tingling finale.


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