Split Second

Split Second

Stephen McNally
Director: Dick Powell Cast: Stephen McNally
Stephen McNally
, Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
, Jan Sterling
Jan Sterling
Dick Powell

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Actor Dick Powell made an impressive film debut with the taut atomic-age suspenser Split Second. Convicts Stephen McNally, Paul Kelly and Frank DeKova escape to a ghost town in the Nevada desert. Only it isn't exactly a ghost town, but a "dummy village" constructed for the purpose of A-bomb testing. The criminals hold several hostages, including reporter Keith Andes, nightclub singer Jan Sterling, selfish socialite Alexis Smith, her doctor-husband Richard Egan and her newest boyfriend Robert Paige. Andes suspects that the deserted town is at Ground Zero of the latest bomb test, but he can't convince the convicts until it's almost too late. The best and most horrifying sequence occurs near the end, when the criminals, accompanied by the duplicitous Ms. Smith, discover that they're driving towards the A-bomb target instead of away from it. Novelist Irving Wallace collaborated on the script of Split Second with Chester Erskine and William Bowers.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2010
UPC: 0883316225486
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 32,615

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen McNally Sam Hurley
Alexis Smith Kay Garven
Jan Sterling Dottie
Keith Andes Larry Fleming
Arthur Hunnicutt Asa
Paul Kelly Bart Moore
Robert Paige Arthur Ashton
Richard Egan Dr. Garven
Frank de Kova Dummy

Technical Credits
Dick Powell Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
William Bowers Screenwriter
Albert S. D'Agostino Production Designer
Chester Erskine Original Story
Robert Ford Editor
Edmund Grainger Producer
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Jack Okey Production Designer
Irving Wallace Screenwriter
Roy Webb Score Composer
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

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