A gripping British thriller which stars Jones as an atomic scientist who becomes distraught over the ignorance of the public, his fellow scientists, and his government on the subject of atomic weaponry. A chief contributor to the development of the A-bomb, Jones is driven mad and one
Monday sends a letter to the prime minister, Adams. Jones demands that the government cease production of atomic weaponry by noon the following Sunday, or else he will obliterate London with a bomb he has stolen. Scotland Yard immediately begins searching for Jones, and the tension builds to an
almost unbearable level as the days slip by and the deadline for the obliteration of London fast approaches.
Using as a basis the real-life fears of the public, SEVEN DAYS TO NOON attempts to teach a lesson to its audience--the same lesson that Jones preaches but without the fatal consequences. In lesser hands, the fine story would have become little more than an anti-nuclear propaganda picture or, at
very least, a poor suspense film, but the talented Boulting brothers manage to sustain interest throughout. By combining a brilliant creation of suspense, a stark newsreel-style evacuation sequence, and a superb cast of unknown actors, SEVEN DAYS TO NOON exudes a frightening sense of urgency.
Jones is truly compelling as the scientist whose mind is numbed by his sense of moral indignation. The film's supporting cast is also worth mention, especially Manahan as the daughter who tries to bring Jones to his senses, and Sloane as the aging music hall entertainer who innocently harbors the
scientist. A topical subject in 1950 (only five years after the first atomic attack), the threat of nuclear war was still a relevant subject for films three decades later with such pictures as TESTAMENT and the television films THE DAY AFTER and SPECIAL BULLETIN (all 1983). SEVEN DAYS TO NOON won
an Oscar for Best Motion Picture Story.
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