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Director:
Writers:
Steven Ritch (written by) and
Robert Dillon (written by)
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Release Date:
February 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Trivia:
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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Little Nicky (2000)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Simple but worthwhile., 10 August 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film begins with a guy breaking out of prison. This man (Vince Edwards) is incredibly ruthless--even for an escaped prisoner. He kills several folks throughout the film--such as a prison guard, an innocent guy in a car and several others. This coldness really was excellent--making the character very compelling.

There is a strange (and VERY unbelievable twist). On his way out of prison, he stole what he THOUGHT was heroin from the infirmary--and he plans on selling it and making a fortune. However, it's actually a super-radioactive substance and if it's released from its steel case, it could kill thousands. Now what would heroin or super-radioactive stuff be doing in a prison in the first place?! I have no idea and it IS a huge plot problem. However, because the rest of the film is so good, it's something you can overlook. Taut--with great music and tense moments. The DVD case says it's film noir--and it is definitely noir-ish. Worth seeing.

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