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Dial 1119 (1950)

An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Writers:

Hugh King (story), Don McGuire (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marshall Thompson ... Gunther Wyckoff
Virginia Field ... Freddy
Andrea King ... Helen
Sam Levene ... Dr. John D. Faron
Leon Ames ... Earl
Keefe Brasselle ... Skip
Richard Rober ... Police Capt. Henry Keiver
James Bell ... Harrison D. Barnes
William Conrad ... Chuckles - Bartender
Dick Simmons ... Television Announcer
Hal Baylor ... Police Lt. 'Whitey' Tallman (as Hal Fieberling)
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Storyline

A young mentally-ill killer, Gunther Wyckoff, escapes from a mental institution, murders a bus driver and, then, takes six hostages in a bar. The gun in Wyckoff's hand kills without emotion or pity, wielded by a man bare of emotion. It begins as a moral question whether an insane killer should or should not be sent to the electric chair, but goes elsewhere before it ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

25 minuti con la morte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The newspaper editor's secretary, who makes only a brief appearance and has two or three short, expertly delivered lines, is Barbara Billingsley, later to become a television icon as the mother of Beaver Cleaver. See more »

Goofs

Perhaps a joke by the set designer, the dashboard of the bus in an early scene shows an air conditioner control with the settings HEATING, OFF and "MANUEL" COOLING. See more »

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No big star--just a noir bar
1 September 2005 | by Steve-318See all my reviews

What I liked about "Dial 1119" is that it's basically ignored as an example of film noir yet, for a film made in 1950, this thing was ahead of its time. First off, there's a big-screen TV in the bar, which plays an important part in advancing the plot. The folks who made this picture also foresaw the role that TV news would come to play in taking over a story. Good cast with William ("Cannon") Conrad as Chuckles the bartender, Leon ("Mr. Ed") Ames and Marshall ("Daktari") Thompson as the central character, our friendly neighborhood psycho. Finally, you've got a love a film noir selection that takes place in Terminal City.


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