A boy is accidentally locked in a bank vault. With less than 10 hours of oxygen left in the vault, it becomes a race to save the boy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Patterson ...
Betty McDowall ...
Lucille Walker
Vincent Winter ...
The Boy
Insp. Andrews
Alan Gifford ...
Larry Cross ...
Sandra Francis ...
Evelyn Webb
Gordon Tanner ...
Jack Cunningham ...
Max Jarvis
Victor Wood ...
Howard Zeeder
Peter Mannering ...
Roland Brand ...
Police officer
Welder #1
Murray Kash ...
Welder #2


A boy is accidentally locked in a bank vault. With less than 10 hours of oxygen left in the vault, it becomes a race to save the boy.

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Release Date:

5 September 1957 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Zwölf Sekunden bis zur Ewigkeit  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two cups of water splashed around are not going to cool down thick sheet metal that has just been blow-torched. And nobody in their right mind would be sticking their bare arm through any hole immediately after the last quarter inch has been blow-torched either. See more »


Remade as ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Time Lock (1972) See more »


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Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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11 August 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I've seen 'Time Lock' a few times and over the years it's morphed from a tense, solid little gem into a flat and mildly engaging movie clinging to its place in my collection by its fingertips. It sucked me in with a great premise the first time I saw it and it remains a decent film, but it's not aging well for me.

A wooden child actor is accidentally locked in a bank vault on a Friday afternoon - and the time lock is set to open the door on Monday morning, 63 hours from now. As the boy's air runs out the race is on to open the vault and get him out. The main appeal of the movie is the believable procedural element as various methods are tried to rescue the kid, beginning with using a PA system to relay instructions to him so he can disable the lock, with vault expert Robert Beatty eventually turning up with what may be a workable solution.

This story is told in a basic way, with functional dialogue and direction that frames the actors competently and not much more than that. Between the vault closing and Beatty arriving the tension dribbles away, but Beatty is an commanding presence and things pick up again when he starts bossing everyone around. His performance, as well as those of Sean Connery as a belligerent welder and Alan Gifford as the guilt-ridden bank manager, make up for a cast that is otherwise largely wet and plank-like.

At only 73 minutes it's not exactly a bore, but (this time round anyway) it didn't grab me the way it should.

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