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Split Second (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 May 1953 (USA)
Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning.

Director:

Dick Powell

Writers:

William Bowers (screen play), Irving Wallace (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ... Sam Hurley
Alexis Smith ... Kay Garven
Jan Sterling ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Vail
Keith Andes ... Larry Fleming
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Asa Tremaine
Paul Kelly ... Bart Moore
Robert Paige ... Arthur Ashton
Richard Egan ... Dr. Neal Garven
Frank DeKova ... Dummy (as Frank de Kova)
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Storyline

Sam Hurley, "Nation's No. 1 killer" with a cold contempt for "heroes," escapes prison with two companions and takes a mixed bag of hostages to Nevada ghost town Lost Hope City. He knows they won't be found there because an atom-bomb test is planned for next morning! Relationships shift and tension builds as Hurley keeps the others in suspense as to whether he will let them escape before bomb time. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama that EXPLODES in your face! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Split Second See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The escaped convict Bart Moore is played by Paul Kelly who himself spent 25 months during the late 1920s in California's San Quentin State Prison. He was convicted of manslaughter for the beating death of actor Ray Raymond, the first husband of actress Dorothy Mackaye, who was having an affair with Kelly and would later marry him. Kelly's next film after this one was Duffy of San Quentin (1954) where he plays the title role - the warden of the prison where he himself did time. See more »

Goofs

The five minute warning siren immediately started at peak, which is impossible because electromechanical sirens are essentially motors with blades attached, and no electric motor ever conceived of can start at maximum speed without first winding up to that speed from zero. See more »

Quotes

Sam Hurley: You ever been locked up?
Kay Garven: Not the way you mean.
Sam Hurley: I don't care what way it is. Some people can stand it and some people can't. The ones who can't would kill themselves and anybody else just to get out for five minutes.
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Referenced in Skullduggery (1983) See more »

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escaped cons take hostages into a blast zone
27 August 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Three desperate escaped convicts flee into the Nevada wastelands. Along the way they kidnap 5 travelers and force them to hole up in a ghost town for one night. To complicate matters, the government is planning to detonate an atomic bomb early the next morning which will turn the old town into toast. Very tense drama with a nerve tingling finale.


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