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Dial 1119 (1950)

Passed | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 3 November 1950 (USA)
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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A truly wonderful disturbing lost film noir gem!
18 May 2001 | by madbomber03See all my reviews

The film follows a disturbed young man who kills without remorse. It is surprisingly disturbing considering the period in which it was filmed. After killing a bus driver, the baby faced young man seeks refuge in a bar and holds its patrons hostage. All he wants is to see the psychiatrist who committed him three years before. The film is notable for its stark and unflinching portrayal of someone completely unable to feel remorse. The film is also notable as it was one of the first movies put out by MGM under new management which turned the company away from solely making big budget events. This B-movie thriller marked a new territory for MGM. It is well-worth watching - IF you can find it!


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