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Dial 1119 (1950)

Passed | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 3 November 1950 (USA)
An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Writers:

John Monks Jr. (screen play by), Hugh King (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marshall Thompson ... Gunther Wyckoff
Virginia Field ... Freddy
Andrea King ... Helen
Sam Levene ... Dr. John Faron
Leon Ames ... Earl
Keefe Brasselle ... Skip
Richard Rober ... Captain Henry Keiver
James Bell ... Harrison D. Barnes
William Conrad ... Chuckles
Dick Simmons ... Television Announcer
Hal Baylor ... Lt. 'Whitey' Tallman (as Hal Fieberling)
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Storyline

A young mentally-ill killer, Gunther Wyckoff, escapes from a mental institution, murders a bus driver and, then, takes six hostages in a bar. The gun in Wyckoff's hand kills without emotion or pity, wielded by a man bare of emotion. It begins as a moral question whether an insane killer should or should not be sent to the electric chair, but goes elsewhere before it ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

25 minuti con la morte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The newspaper editor's secretary, who makes only a brief appearance and has two or three short, expertly delivered lines, is Barbara Billingsley, later to become a television icon as the mother of Beaver Cleaver. See more »

Goofs

Perhaps a joke by the set designer, the dashboard of the bus in an early scene shows an air conditioner control with the settings HEATING, OFF and "MANUEL" COOLING. See more »

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Bar patrons held hostage in slice-of-life noir
21 May 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The disturbed veteran became a staple character of the postwar noir cycle. In Dial 1119 -- the equivalent of 911 today -- clean-cut Marshall Thompson plays the most whacked-out of the bunch, a cold, disengaged psycho who kills without reaction or remorse. Riding the Big Dog into town (the aptly named Terminal City), he steals the bus driver's gun and, when confronted, plugs him dead. Then he holes up in a bar containing a cross-section of small-town America; the liveliest of them is Andrea King as man-hungry barfly Helen. Seems he returned to town to meet with the police psychiatrist who knows the "real" story behind his shell-shocked persona....Dial 1119 is an engaging (if never quite gripping) drama, part of MGM's low-budget, black-and-white early 1950s productions under Dore Schary


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