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The Atomic City (1952)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 1 May 1952 (USA)
An atomic scientist's son is kidnapped by enemy agents.


Jerry Hopper


Sydney Boehm

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Dr. Frank Addison
Lydia Clarke ... Martha Addison
Michael Moore Michael Moore ... Russ Farley
Nancy Gates ... Ellen Haskell
Lee Aaker ... Tommy Addison
Milburn Stone ... Insp. Harold Mann
Bert Freed ... Emil Jablons
Frank Cady ... F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
Houseley Stevenson Jr. Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... 'Greg' Gregson
Leonard Strong ... Donald Clark
Jerry Hausner ... John Pattiz
John Damler ... Dr. Peter Rassett
George Lynn ... Robert Kalnick (as George M. Lynn)
Olan Soule ... Mortie Fenton
Anthony Warde ... Arnie Molter


At Los Alamos, New Mexico, the maximum-security "atomic city" of U.S. nuclear-weapons research, top atomic scientist Frank Addison has a normal, middle-American life with his wife and son...until the boy is kidnapped by enemy agents to extort H-bomb secrets. Result, a fast moving chase thriller with some parental soul-searching. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HELD FOR RANSOM! Kidnappers demand atomic secrets! See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt der tausend Gefahren See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gene Barry's film debut. See more »

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Was nominated for an Academy Award - Best Writing, Story and Screenplay
27 December 2006 | by captainapacheSee all my reviews

Here is a much lesser known 50's sci-fi with a little different twist. An atomic researchers son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of the the Father's atomic secrets.

This is a tightly knit atomic sci-fi thriller with great production values and above average acting, even from the kid. The Atomic City actually has a movie feel to it unlike a lot of other 50's sci-fi of this time which which came off more like an episode of a TV show.

The Atomic City was also actually nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay - how many other 50's sci-fi can tout an Academy Award Nomination?

Great pacing, tight direction and some superb location filming in the 'real' Atomic City of Los Alamos, New Mexico make this one worth hunting down. The collectors print in circulation is an above average transfer and makes for a great double feature with the Atomic Man!!


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