TITLE: SPLIT SECOND
DIRECTOR: Dick Powell YEAR: 1953
Two gangsters escape from a Nevada jail and take hostages along with a car at a gas station. The group is forced to detour to a desert ghost town reserved for an imminent atomic test in order to avoid a police roadblock. Another film set at an atomic test site (see THE ATOMIC KID), but with bleaker consequences.
ATOMIC HYGIENE: Cold War Short Films
COMMUNITY SHELTER PLANNING
While many film scholars may point to Gene Hackman's break-out role in 1967's BONNIE AND CLYDE as the cinematic vehicle that molded him into the kind of thespian that INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO host James Lipton salivates over, CONELRAD has discovered another role that no doubt made him the performer he is today: "Regional Field Officer" in 1966's COMMUNITY SHELTER PLANNING, a government civil defense film. Yes, the future Popeye Doyle once appeared in an atomic safety film.
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