Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CITY OF FEAR - Jerry Goldsmith - "I Don't Want To Die Vince" (1959)

"City Of Fear" is my kind of movie, dark and dank, simple but effective! No big mysteries, just a story of desperation! Extremely deep desperation!!

Vince Edwards as Vince Ryker, and the guy he busted out with are on the lam in an ambulance! They think they have escaped and made off with a large canister full of 100% pure snow, but in reality, the canister is filled with radioactive Cobalt 60! Vince's buddy is already on the verge of croaking from exposure!!

The cops have set up check points all over the place, but Vince is always one step ahead of them! His buddy bit the big one, so Vince got himself some fresh duds, and a different ride!

Vince is a very smart cat, he even picked up a sailor hitchhiking, so he completely fools everyone with his ruse! Hey, kinda looks like Clark Kent! "It's okay officer, he's my boyfriend!"

The music for "City Of Fear" as composed by the Oscar winning Jerry Goldsmith swings pretty good, and is interesting the whole way! From 1951 to 2004, Jerry Goldsmith did it all, big and small! I've told you before that he composed the music for 7 episodes of "The Twilight Zone," and 18 episodes of "Thriller," and here's a sample of his work from the late 90's, titles like "Mulan," "Star Trek:Insurrection," "The Mummy," "The 13th Warrior," and "The Haunting!" Jerry also had a sense of humor, they say he wore an ape mask while conducting the score for "Planet Of The Apes!"

Lyle Talbot as Chief Jensen and John Archer as Lieutenant Mark Richards have got their hands full trying to track down an escaped killer carrying what amounts in 1959 terms to a time bomb!

Every cowpoke's dream, Patricia Blair has the role of Vince's girlfriend! Besides being in "Black Sleep," Patricia was Goldy in 6 episodes of "Yancy Derringer," Lou Mallory in 22 episodes of "The Rifleman," and 116 episodes of the "Daniel Boone" show as Rebecca Boone!

They have sent in every cop in the country to look for Vince armed with Geiger counters in hope of tracking down the radioactive trail he's leaving!

You might not recognize the name but Joseph Mell on the right has got a mug you can't forget from flicks like "Two On A Guillotine," and "Black Zoo," and here, he's Eddie Crown, the money man with a shoe store for a front! Sherwood Price is the punk named Pete Hallon!

If you don't play straight with people, sometimes bad things can happen to you!!

"If you wanna make the move, then you better come in, it's just the ability to reason that wears so thin, living and dying and the stories that are true, secrets to a good life is knowing when you're through, black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac, the boy's a time bomb!" - Rancid

A perfect portrait of Los Angeles, circa 1959.

Hubba, hubba, how bout those gams??

Eddie and Vince don't see eye to eye for long, and after he disposes of Eddie, Vince steals his Lincoln! Vince needs to get out of town badly, the heat is on!

From there on out, it's man versus can, and you can place your bet who the winner is going to be!

The can escapes the first chance it gets, and rolls off the seat when Vince stops at a gas station, only to end up in a tuft of grass!

The nice gas station man saves the can from destruction out on the street, but when Vince notices it's gone, he turns around and frantically backtracks, and eventually finds it again!

Alone together, back in the Hotel room, Vince gets tired of the can's taunting lies, infidelity, and promises of fortune, but he still can't get it open!!

Run, Vince, Run! You can't outrun Hell when you're carrying it with you!

Exterminate the vermin!

By some miracle, Vince is able to elude his pursuers by ditching into a coffee shop!

I couldn't ever stand watching Vince Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey in even one of the 153 episodes he was in, but then I just didn't like that show! He's great when he's tough and gritty like in "City Of Fear" or "The Mad Bomber!"

Well, it's pretty obvious what this is all leading up to, but if you want to see the real final shot, You'll have to rent it yourself from Netflix!


Prof. Grewbeard said...

this looks great! i don't know why but it reminded me of "Lady In A Cage" with Olivia de Havilland and James Caan, seen that one?

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Saw "Lady In A Cage" in the theatre some many years ago, & I always remember when that one punk got his head run over! Harsh!

Prof. Grewbeard said...

don't forget the knitting needles!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Can you believe "Lady In A Cage" is NOT available on Netflix?

Christopher said...

Lady in a Cage is well made and suspensful but all rather unpleasant..early 60s LA never looked so bleak..still..its cool to see Olivia and Joan Blondell caught up in it.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Unpleasant is an understatement, no wonder I never wanted to move to L.A.!

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