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Writers:
Steven Ritch (written by) and
Robert Dillon (written by)
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Release Date:
February 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A City in terror... Chills for millions... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Vince Edwards ... Vince Ryker

Lyle Talbot ... Chief Jensen
John Archer ... Lt. Mark Richards
Steven Ritch ... Dr. John Wallace

Patricia Blair ... June Marlowe
Kelly Thordsen ... Detective Sgt. Hank Johnson
Joseph Mell ... Eddie Crown
Sherwood Price ... Pete Hallon

Kathie Browne ... Jeanne (as Cathy Browne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Jean Harvey ... Landlady (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Lerner 
 
Writing credits
Steven Ritch (written by) and
Robert Dillon (written by)

Produced by
Leon Chooluck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Poplin 
 
Set Decoration by
Lyle B. Reifsnider 
 
Costume Design by
Norman Martien 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Brandt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Stokes .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound
 
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
John Williams .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Barton .... title designer
Pat Miller .... script supervisor
Joe Steinberg .... dialogue coach
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min | West Germany:75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound)
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Shot in seven days.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The exact same shots of the policemen surrounding Michael Mark's restaurant are repeated between the time Vince Edwards enters and leaves.See more »
Quotes:
Eddie Crown:[to Ryker] Those clothes you're wearing look like they were made by a hopped-up tailor. They're even pulling cops out of retirement to look for you.See more »
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Referenced in Little Nicky (2000)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Possible germ warfare in Los Angeles...and Ben Casey in his undershirt, 3 July 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Pulpy, wildly overwrought, but entertaining co-feature from Columbia has a pre-"Ben Casey" Vince Edwards starring as a convict who breaks out of San Quentin with a container he thinks is "a pound of 100% snow", but instead of heroin it's actually radioactive Cobalt 60 and any exposure could decimate Los Angeles. Not a compact thriller (even at 75 minutes!), this suspense film is full of behind-the-wheel montages and bits of generic police business. Edwards smolders like a reckless mad-dog stud, yet when he's required to disguise himself as a businessman with glasses, he's adept and convincing at this transition. The other actors in the cast aren't as versatile, and the mechanical writing and directing certainly doesn't liven them up (they're all stock figures, though Vince's girlfriend does get in a few funny wisecracks down at the police station). Photographed by Lucien Ballard, the movie has a great, gritty look full of L.A.'s neighborhoods and back streets, and the tension does manage to build successfully even though just about everything in the picture is second-rate. **1/2 from ****

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