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The Atomic Man (1955)

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An atomic scientist is found floating in a river with a bullet in his back and a radioactive halo around his body. The radioactivity has put him seven-and-a-half seconds ahead of us in time... See full summary »


Ken Hughes


Charles Eric Maine (novel), Charles Eric Maine (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Nelson ... Mike Delaney
Faith Domergue ... Jill Rabowski
Peter Arne ... Dr. Stephen Rayner / Jarvis
Joseph Tomelty ... Detective Inspector Cleary
Donald Gray Donald Gray ... Robert Maitland
Vic Perry Vic Perry ... Emmanuel Vasquo
Paul Hardtmuth Paul Hardtmuth ... Dr. Bressler
Martin Wyldeck ... Dr. Preston


An atomic scientist is found floating in a river with a bullet in his back and a radioactive halo around his body. The radioactivity has put him seven-and-a-half seconds ahead of us in time. He teams up with a reporter to stop his evil double from destroying his experiments in artificial tungsten. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Man With The Radio-Active Brain! See more »




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Release Date:

4 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Atomic Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story was broadcast as a live play on TV by the BBC in the mid-fifties. It was preceded by a solemn announcement to the effect that the hospital practices depicted bore no relationship to those of the National Health Service. See more »


Office Boy: [opens the door of the darkroom] Hello, hello! What's going on here, I wouldn't be surprised...
Mike Delaney: What do you want, Horrible?
Office Boy: You are hereby summoned to the royal execution chamber, pdq.
Mike Delaney: OK.
Office Boy: Oooh, Old Waffle-Face is really mad at you, Delaney. I wouldn't like to be in your shoes, I really wouldn't.
Mike Delaney: Look, do me a favour. Why don't you run upstairs - see how far you can lean out of the window, huh?
Office Boy: [sarcastically] Ha-ha-ha.
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Making the ridiculous seem very plausible and quite exciting...this is a surprisingly good film.
12 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

With a title like "The Atomic Man" and it being in the public domain, I sure had my doubts about this one. You'd think, being made in the 1950s that it was some sort of space monster film or perhaps a film about communism--but it isn't. It's actually a very well written and taut sc-fi mystery--with a strong emphasis on mystery. And, it's very much worth your time.

The film begins with a guy being left for dead--and thrown in the river. He's rescued and on the brink of death--and the doctors expect to lose him...which they do TEMPORARILY. While they are operating on him, his heart stops and they give up the surgery--and suddenly, he spontaneously begins breathing and begins a slow recovery! When he awakens, he's an oddity. He looks like a famous scientist--but the scientist is accounted for and is certainly NOT near death. And, he talks strangely...very strangely. How does all this fit into the total picture--that's the mystery. To try to sort all this out is a pushy reporter--the sort of guy who was almost a cliché in the 1930s in films. Yet, somehow Gene Nelson manages to make it work--along with his girlfriend (Faith Domergue).

Now that I mentioned Nelson and Domergue, that brings up the production itself. Despite these two American actors in the major roles, the rest of the film is very British--made by Brits, filmed in Britain and with British extras. The reason was that in the 1950s and 60, many European film companies brought in Americans to star in their films--figuring it would help box office appeal (especially in the States). Well, in this case it sure worked well because the plot was intelligent, well written and a nice production all around--so nice, I was very tempted to give this little film a 9! My advice is to download (for free and perfectly legal) the film from archive.org--a site often linked to film listings on IMDb or from Amazon (which IS linked to IMDb). Well worth your time and full of wonderful suspense--especially at the end.

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