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City of Fear (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | February 1959 (USA)
A vicious killer escapes from San Quentin with a cannister of what he believes to be heroin but is actually a radioactive substance that threatens all Los Angeles.

Director:

Irving Lerner

Writers:

Steven Ritch (original screenplay), Robert Dillon (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vince Edwards ... Vince Ryker
Lyle Talbot ... Chief Jensen
John Archer ... Lt. Mark Richards
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Dr. John Wallace
Patricia Blair ... June Marlowe
Kelly Thordsen ... Detective Sgt. Hank Johnson
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Eddie Crown
Sherwood Price ... Pete Hallon
Kathie Browne ... Jeanne (as Cathy Browne)
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Storyline

Vicious drug dealer Vince Ryker escapes from San Quentin with another prisoner after stabbing a guard to death and stealing what he believes to be a cannister filled with experimental heroin from the prison hospital. In reality the container is filled with cobalt-60, a highly radioactive substance which threatens the entire city if it is somehow opened. The ruthless Ryker dumps his dying cellmate and murders a bypassing motorist, burning his body beyond recognition. Assuming a new identity, Ryker heads for Los Angeles to become reunited with his beautiful girlfriend and Crown, a corrupt businessman and front man for Ryker's drug business. Fully aware of the potential dangers of the situation, the authorities are engaged in race against time to recover the cannister and avoid citywide panic. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A million eyes wide and wild with terror! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I polis tou fovou See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Orbit Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end you see a policeman in uniform in front of a door. Look at the holster on the right hip. It is what is called a "clam shell" holster. The holster is cut in half and held together with a spring. To release you put your finger into the holster and into the trigger guard. You push a button and the holster springs open releasing the revolver. The danger is, if you don't push the button, you can't get the revolver out. These are no longer used. See more »

Goofs

Vince is wearing a tie when he enters the motel,room. When he looks at the radio, his tie is draped over it. In the next shot, the tie is gone from the radio and Vince is still wearing it. At no point in the scene does Vince take his tie off. See more »

Quotes

Vince Ryker: Let me take a look at you. You haven't changed.
Vince Ryker: [Her expression turns serious, and he looks down] You have changed. The first year you take it, and the second year you change. Then you get out.
June Marlowe: Not this way.
Vince Ryker: What difference does it make? I'm out the right way. Could you have waited eight years?
June Marlowe: I'd have waited.
Vince Ryker: For what? An ex-con? Do you know the difference between a con and an ex-con? Well, there isn't any. You're just dead meat, dishwashing the rest of your life.
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Great Los Angeles on-location cinematography and '50s cars
19 July 2010 | by HeathCliff-2See all my reviews

It's not a classic by any means. But it has its virtues - the black and white cinematography, the great jazzy soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith, and particularly the extensive on-location shooting in and around Los Angeles. There are lots of scenes of 1950s cars cruising the street, store fronts and interiors - more than average, because they're looking for the protagonist. Living in LA, I especially enjoyed that. As for the plot, I've seen three or four similar plotted stories the last year - someone is contagious and threatens the city, or is carrying something radioactive, etc. This one had a slightly less plausible plot line, since the police weren't particularly protective. But I soaked up the ancillary elements - the acting was passable, the camera-work and lighting were above average - and I'm a sucker for the '50s.


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