The Atomic City (1952)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Paranoid Thriller, Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The city of the title is Los Alamos, where nuclear physicist Gene Barry lives and works. Terrorists kidnap Barry's son and demand that the physicist turn over the H-bomb formula. It's cat-and-mouse for a while, but when the FBI gets on the case, the criminals haven't got a chance. Outdated almost before its release, The Atomic City is still effective on a purely melodramatic level. There's a particularly tense climax played out along the mountain mesas surrounding Los Alamos.

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escape, kidnapping, nuclear-scientist, ransom, rescue, terrorism