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Seven Days to Noon (1950)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama | 18 December 1950 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 ... Himself - BBC Newsreader
Victor Maddern ... Private Jackson
Geoffrey Keen ... Alf
Merrill Mueller Merrill Mueller ... Himself - American Commentator
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Storyline

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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A Boulting Bros. Thriller With a Difference! See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ultimatum See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film won the Best Writing, Original Story Oscar for its only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

The dating of the film is imprecise: The hotel register implies an August setting (with a newspaper confirming the South of England is in the grip of the hottest August on record). The film opens on Monday, but on Wednesday Mrs Peckett's newly-delivered "Daily Express" is dated Saturday August 9th. The following day, Goldie's "Daily Graphic" is dated Friday August 11th or 14th, whilst the Downing Street calendar more accurately shows Thursday the 12th. It can be inferred that the film is meant to cover Monday 9th - Sunday 15th August 1950. See more »

Quotes

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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Brilliant low-budget thriller
17 June 2001 | by curlew-2See all my reviews

An absolutely excellent thriller from the golden age of British SF filmmaking. Relying on tension and character rather than special effects, the film depicts a fevered manhunt for a scientist threatening to blow up London with a small A-bomb. Whereas other films would've easily dropped into stereotype, this film took the trouble to depict all the major characters as three-dimensional. Not to be missed.


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