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City of Fear (1959)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  February 1959 (USA)
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A vicious killer escapes from San Quentin with a cannister of what he believes to be heroin but is actually a radioactive substance that threatens all Los Angeles.

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Vince Ryker
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Chief Jensen
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Lt. Mark Richards
Steven Ritch ...
Dr. John Wallace
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June Marlowe
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Detective Sgt. Hank Johnson
Joseph Mell ...
Eddie Crown
Sherwood Price ...
Pete Hallon
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Jeanne (as Cathy Browne)
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Vicious drug dealer Vince Ryker escapes from San Quentin with another prisoner after stabbing a guard to death and stealing what he believes to be a cannister filled with experimental heroin from the prison hospital. In reality the container is filled with cobalt-60, a highly radioactive substance which threatens the entire city if it is somehow opened. The ruthless Ryker dumps his dying cellmate and murders a bypassing motorist, burning his body beyond recognition. Assuming a new identity, Ryker heads for Los Angeles to become reunited with his beautiful girlfriend and Crown, a corrupt businessman and front man for Ryker's drug business. Fully aware of the potential dangers of the situation, the authorities are engaged in race against time to recover the cannister and avoid citywide panic. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A City in terror... Chills for millions... See more »

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I polis tou fovou  »

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In 2000 cobalt-60 was unwittingly exposed in a scrap metal dump in Thailand. Several of the workers became ill and subsequently died. This was the only recorded incident involving the radioactive substance. See more »

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Cobalt-60 is easily shielded and would not have the adverse effects it does if kept in a lead container. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mark Richards: Did any of his friends contact you?
Eddie Crown: [Shakes his head] Just his girl once. The reason I remember is because once you've seen her, you've seen her.
[He gives a knowing smile]
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Great only for the time and place
29 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

A completely awful film, from the wooden acting of the square-jawed, no-nonsense fat boys who are in search if the escapee, to the usual Hollywood plot device of not informing the public because "there will be mad panic!" (boy, has that one been milked over the years), to radioactivity that somehow leaves a contamination footprint behind even when the container was not opened. A lot of shots of police cars driving in formation, which I guess gives the appearance of men in action. But the low budget of this film meant a lot of actual street scenes of 1950s Hollywood, the cars, the stores, the people -- it is a nice time slip back a few decades, and fun to watch if for nothing else than the background.


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