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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    May 14, 2021

    Director Irving Lerner made consecutive films with Vince Edwards in the late 1950s. The first was the under-seen classic Murder By Contract and then this one City Of Fear. Both would be an excellent double-feature of their best work.

    Director Irving Lerner made consecutive films with Vince Edwards in the late 1950s. The first was the under-seen classic Murder By Contract and then this one City Of Fear. Both would be an excellent double-feature of their best work.

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Noir afectado pela paranoia atómica tem um início empolgante, mas não tem muito mais para dar a partir daí. No mesmo género de mistério policial cruzado com nuances de ficção científica, "Kiss me deadly" é bem superior.

    Noir afectado pela paranoia atómica tem um início empolgante, mas não tem muito mais para dar a partir daí. No mesmo género de mistério policial cruzado com nuances de ficção científica, "Kiss me deadly" é bem superior.

  • Aug 07, 2012

    I thought this movie was a great noir-ish thriller. A film about greed and paranoia. And chemical threat. The acting's good, the script stays away from cheesiness for the most part. It's a great, under-appreciated flick.

    I thought this movie was a great noir-ish thriller. A film about greed and paranoia. And chemical threat. The acting's good, the script stays away from cheesiness for the most part. It's a great, under-appreciated flick.

  • Feb 28, 2012

    now this IS a noir very tactile and paranoid good stuff from the 2nd cycle.

    now this IS a noir very tactile and paranoid good stuff from the 2nd cycle.

  • Aug 21, 2011

    Hygglig noir med aningen krystad story. Fånge rymmer från San Quintain fängelset och stjäl samtidigt ett kilo heroin tror han. Det visar sig att det inte är heroin han stulit utan ett kilo Cobolt 60, ett radioaktivt ämne som används för experiment på fångarna. Fången och behållaren med ämnet måste hittas snabbt för att inte en storskalig katastrof ska utbryta i LA. Föredömligt kort speltid och har man överseende med de något krystade inslagen i storyn så funkar den bra.

    Hygglig noir med aningen krystad story. Fånge rymmer från San Quintain fängelset och stjäl samtidigt ett kilo heroin tror han. Det visar sig att det inte är heroin han stulit utan ett kilo Cobolt 60, ett radioaktivt ämne som används för experiment på fångarna. Fången och behållaren med ämnet måste hittas snabbt för att inte en storskalig katastrof ska utbryta i LA. Föredömligt kort speltid och har man överseende med de något krystade inslagen i storyn så funkar den bra.

  • Aug 15, 2011

    Realistic location photography and a heightened Cold War sense of radioactive paranoia distinguish Irving Lerner's B-picture, a re-teaming with Vince Edwards, star of "Murder by Contract", as an escaped convict carrying around a tin of nuclear material, which he thinks his heroin, and it's slowly killing him. Short and effective, though whenever it gets away from Edwards, focusing on the police manhunt, it gets a bit dry.

    Realistic location photography and a heightened Cold War sense of radioactive paranoia distinguish Irving Lerner's B-picture, a re-teaming with Vince Edwards, star of "Murder by Contract", as an escaped convict carrying around a tin of nuclear material, which he thinks his heroin, and it's slowly killing him. Short and effective, though whenever it gets away from Edwards, focusing on the police manhunt, it gets a bit dry.

  • Sep 19, 2010

    A rather mediocre film noir combining police procedural with cheap suspense that goes nowhere. Its best attributes are the film score and some of the cinematography.

    A rather mediocre film noir combining police procedural with cheap suspense that goes nowhere. Its best attributes are the film score and some of the cinematography.

  • Aug 25, 2010

    "Things are rough all over." Director Irving Lerner and star Vince Edwards team up one year after filming the far superior Murder By Contract with this schlocky late noir tale of desperation and greed. Edwards plays an escaped convict who mistakes a canister of radioactive Cobalt for big ticket Heroin. The first half of the film is quite good, but its gets less interesting as Edwards becomes more and more incapacitated with radiation sickness and the film focuses more and more on the manhunt. It never quite lives up to his potential. VF.

    "Things are rough all over." Director Irving Lerner and star Vince Edwards team up one year after filming the far superior Murder By Contract with this schlocky late noir tale of desperation and greed. Edwards plays an escaped convict who mistakes a canister of radioactive Cobalt for big ticket Heroin. The first half of the film is quite good, but its gets less interesting as Edwards becomes more and more incapacitated with radiation sickness and the film focuses more and more on the manhunt. It never quite lives up to his potential. VF.

  • Aug 13, 2010

    The director and star of the spectacular Murder By Contract reunite, with somewhat less spectacular results. This time, Vince Edwards is an escaped convict with a canister of what he believes is pure heroin, but in fact is cobalt 60. It's the same basic set-up as Panic in the Streets and The Killer That Stalked New York, except this time it's radioactive poison instead of a virus. The best parts are when Edwards is onscreen... the police work is pretty ho-hum stuff, and there isn't a strong detective character. Nice photography though, and using real locations is always a bonus in noir (it's funny how much we take it for granted nowadays). One of the highlights is Jerry Goldsmith's tense score, it borders on the avant-garde, kind of a Herrmann-esque jazz thing going on. Not a great movie by any measure, but a quick dose of noir fun with a side of nuclear era paranoia.

    The director and star of the spectacular Murder By Contract reunite, with somewhat less spectacular results. This time, Vince Edwards is an escaped convict with a canister of what he believes is pure heroin, but in fact is cobalt 60. It's the same basic set-up as Panic in the Streets and The Killer That Stalked New York, except this time it's radioactive poison instead of a virus. The best parts are when Edwards is onscreen... the police work is pretty ho-hum stuff, and there isn't a strong detective character. Nice photography though, and using real locations is always a bonus in noir (it's funny how much we take it for granted nowadays). One of the highlights is Jerry Goldsmith's tense score, it borders on the avant-garde, kind of a Herrmann-esque jazz thing going on. Not a great movie by any measure, but a quick dose of noir fun with a side of nuclear era paranoia.

  • Jul 19, 2010

    It has a great premise and in Vince Edwards a more then capable leading man. Somehow this police procedural crime film just never clicks and after a fine first half it all just falls apart.

    It has a great premise and in Vince Edwards a more then capable leading man. Somehow this police procedural crime film just never clicks and after a fine first half it all just falls apart.