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Seven Days to Noon (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 18 December 1950 (USA)
When a scientist threatens to detonate a powerful bomb in the heart of London, Scotland Yard has just seven days to find him before it is too late.


Frank Harvey (screenplay), Roy Boulting (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Barry Jones ... Professor Willingdon
Olive Sloane ... Goldie
André Morell ... Superintendent Folland (as Andre Morell)
Sheila Manahan Sheila Manahan ... Ann Willingdon
Hugh Cross Hugh Cross ... Stephen Lane
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Peckett
Ronald Adam ... The Prime Minister
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Mrs. Willingdon
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Rev. Burgess
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Det. Davis
Martin Boddey ... Gen. Willoughby
Frederick Allen Frederick Allen ... Self - BBC Newsreader
Victor Maddern ... Private Jackson
Geoffrey Keen ... Alf
Merrill Mueller Merrill Mueller ... Self - American Commentator


An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the center of London if the Government don't announce the end of any research in this field within a week. Special agents from Scotland Yard try to stop him, with help from the scientist's assistant future son-in-law to find and stop the mad man. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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An A-Bomb is Loose...In the World's Largest City! See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Some presently available versions, like the one that used to be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies, have been cropped to fit the 1.78:1 wide screen ratio, despite the fact that this project was filmed in the traditional 1.37:1. See more »


Goldie hails a cab and asks the driver to take her and Professor Willingdon to her home in Kennington. When they get there Willingdon can be seen looking out of the window towards St Pauls Cathedral, which in real life is around 2 miles away, and not visible from any location in Kennington. See more »


Superintendent Folland: Repressing of fear is like trying to hold down the lid of a boiling kettle. Something's got to give eventually.
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Referenced in The Peacemaker (1997) See more »

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A great fifties thriller.
16 November 1999 | by RayBSee all my reviews

An absorbing tale, well-told.

The big picture - London being evacuated, Prime Ministerial meetings, military operations - are contrasted with the anti-hero's attempts to evade detection among the city's ordinary people. His encounters with a seedy land-lady (brilliantly played the late Joan Hickson), and a fading second-rate actress, are depicted in fine detail.

But the film never gets bogged down - whenever the pace threatens to slow-up the scene cuts to racing police cars, thundering army convoys, or shrieking steam trains.

Carefully photographed set-pieces, solid acting all round, and a tense climax. Top stuff.

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18 December 1950 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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