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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)
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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
 
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Runtime:
81 min | West Germany:75 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound)
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Shot in seven days.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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Referenced in Little Nicky (2000)See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Taut Atomic Noir, 8 May 2007
Author: secragt from United States

A tawdry low budget pot boiler featuring dynamite performances by Vince Edwards and a similarly game supporting cast. I know Edwards is probably most famous for his heroic Ben Casey role, but he sure chewed up a lot of upholstery in movies like this one and MURDER BY CONTRACT the year before. A lot of the charm comes in watching this police procedural unfold. Lots of seedy low lives generally keep up the off color flavor and the suspense builds nicely over the course of time.

Some of the discussion of radioactivity is dated, but the cannister makes a great macguffin for the gruff talking' square-jawed Men of Law to pursue. It really wouldn't have taken much to raise this from a guilty pleasure and enjoyable cautionary tale to something along the lines of KISS ME DEADLY, but it's almost more quaint to see this mostly forgotten and obscure b-movie in its under-appreciated present form, if you can find it. The last shot of the movie is quite a hoot! Fine, jazzy musical score by a then-very young Jerry Goldsmith.

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