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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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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 »

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Production Co:

Orbit Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in seven days. See more »

Goofs

Cobalt-60 is easily shielded and would not have the adverse effects it does if kept in a lead container. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Crown: [to Ryker] Those clothes you're wearing look like they were made by a hopped-up tailor. They're even pulling cops out of retirement to look for you.
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Simple but worthwhile.
10 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film begins with a guy breaking out of prison. This man (Vince Edwards) is incredibly ruthless--even for an escaped prisoner. He kills several folks throughout the film--such as a prison guard, an innocent guy in a car and several others. This coldness really was excellent--making the character very compelling.

There is a strange (and VERY unbelievable twist). On his way out of prison, he stole what he THOUGHT was heroin from the infirmary--and he plans on selling it and making a fortune. However, it's actually a super-radioactive substance and if it's released from its steel case, it could kill thousands. Now what would heroin or super-radioactive stuff be doing in a prison in the first place?! I have no idea and it IS a huge plot problem. However, because the rest of the film is so good, it's something you can overlook. Taut--with great music and tense moments. The DVD case says it's film noir--and it is definitely noir-ish. Worth seeing.


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