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City of Fear1959

City of Fear (1959)





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Fairly fast-paced, with only a lull here and there, this standard thriller by director Irving Lerner was one of his most successful films. It stars (Vince Edwards) as Vince, an escaped convict who grabs a metal vial from the prison's hospital before he makes his break. He thinks it is his ticket to the easy life because it contains heroin. Instead, the vial contains radioactive cobalt that could first sicken and then kill anyone who comes in close contact with it. The police are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. If they publicly announce a vial of deadly cobalt is on the loose, in the hands of an escaped convict, they might touch off a stampede. On the other hand, if they keep it a secret, who knows how many people will die.


Vince Edwards
as Vince Ryker
Lyle Talbot
as Chief Jensen
John Archer
as Lt. Mark Richards
Joe Mell
as Eddie Crown
Steven Ritch
as Dr. John Wallace
Patricia Blair
as June Marlowe
Sherwood Price
as Pete Hallon
Kelly Thordsen
as Detective Sgt. Hank Johnson
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All Critics (2)

It's not touching. The premise is so attractive, but Columbia and Irving Lerner put it up with a total absence of emotion, tension or charisma on the part of the actors. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 10, 2020 | Full Review…

A lively police procedural film.

July 6, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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