City of Fear

Pacy Columbia B-picture from a film-maker who did pretty well on the barest of resources and later won praise from Martin Scorsese (who also hired him as co-editor on New York, New York). Edwards escapes from prison with a sealed cannister he believes contains $1m worth of heroin. In fact he's toting radioactive cobalt that could contaminate the whole city. The premise is more exciting than the execution, but the movie's strong on seedy atmosphere (notable b/w camerawork from Lucien Ballard) and there's an excellent jazz-tinged score from Jerry Goldsmith.

Release details

Duration: 75 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Irving Lerner
Screenwriter: Steven Ritch, Robert Dillon
Cast: Vince Edwards
John Archer
Patricia Blair
Steven Ritch
Lyle Talbot
Joe Mell
Sherwood Price

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3.8 / 5

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Bob Gilmore

In the noir tradition of "Panic In The Streets" and "The Killer That Stalked New York" film traces what happens when a crook, who thinks he is stealing narcotics, actually gets exposed to deadly toxins....it is included on the soon to be released Columbia film noir box. Solid, if minor, effort.