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Panic in Year Zero!
Alternate Title: Survival
Director: Ray Milland (Dir)
Release Date:   1962
Premiere Information:   Miami, Florida, opening: 4 Jul 1962
Duration (in mins):   92
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Cast:   Ray Milland (Harry Baldwin)  
    Jean Hagen (Ann Baldwin)  
    Frankie Avalon (Rick Baldwin)  
    Mary Mitchell (Karen Baldwin)  
    Joan Freeman (Marilyn Hayes)  
    Richard Garland (Mr. Johnson)  
    Richard Bakalyan (Carl)  
    Rex Holman (Mickey)  
    Neil Nephew (Andy)  
    Willis Bouchey (Dr. Strong)  
    O. Z. Whitehead (Hogan)  
    Byron Morrow (Haenel)  
    Shary Marshall (Mrs. Johnson)  
    Russ Bender (Harkness)  
    Hugh Sanders (Becker)  
    Andrea Lane    
    Scott Peters    
    Bud Slater    
    Kelton Crawford    

Summary: Harry Baldwin, his wife, Ann, and their two children, 17-year-old Karen and 19-year-old Rick, leave their home in Los Angeles for a fishing trip. Two hours after their departure, they hear a tremendous explosion and learn that the city has been demolished by a nuclear attack. It soon becomes apparent that the greatest danger facing them is from the hordes of frightened looters running rampant. After deciding their safest course is to proceed to their vacation spot, they stop to pick up provisions and ammunition. When they reach their fishing spot, they set up home in a cave, where they will be protected from radiation. Nearby, three young hoodlums have taken over a farmhouse and are ravaging the countryside. They murder a couple who have followed the Baldwins to the area. Two of the thugs come upon Karen when she is alone and brutally rape her. They are shot by Harry and Rick, who also find that the youths have been holding a girl, Marilyn Hayes, as their prisoner. Taken to the cave, she is menaced by the third thug, but she takes Rick's rifle and kills him. When the radio reports that Los Angeles is safe, the family and Marilyn prepare to return to civilization and face the enormous task of rebuilding. 

Production Company: Alta Vista Productions  
Production Text: A James H. Nicholson-Samuel Z. Arkoff Production
Distribution Company: American International Pictures  
Director: Ray Milland (Dir)
  Jim Engle (Asst dir)
  Les Gorall (Asst dir)
Producer: Arnold Houghland (Prod)
  Lou Rusoff (Prod)
  James H. Nicholson (Exec prod)
  Samuel Z. Arkoff (Exec prod)
Writer: Jay Simms (Scr)
  John Morton (Scr)
  Jay Simms (Story)
Photography: Gilbert Warrenton (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Daniel Haller (Art dir)
Film Editor: William Austin (Film ed)
  Anthony Carras (Film ed)
  Jerry Irvin (Asst film ed)
Set Decoration: Daniel Haller (Set dec)
  Harry Reif (Set dec)
Costumes: Marjorie Corso (Ward)
Music: Les Baxter (Mus)
  Al Simms (Mus coordinator)
Sound: Steve Bass (Sd)
  Al Bird (Sd ed)
  Eve Newman (Music ed)
Special Effects: Pat Dinga (Spec eff)
  Larry Butler (Spec eff)
Make Up: Ted Coodley (Makeup)
  Betty Pedretti (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Bartlett A. Carré (Prod supv)
  Robert Agnew (Unit mgr)
  Billy Vernon (Scr supv)
  Jack Cash (Prod asst)
  Dick Rubin (Prop master)
  Ross Hahn (Constr)
  Ed Jones (Stills)
  Ray Mercer (Opticals & titles)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Alta Vista Productions 18/6/1962 dd/mm/yyyy LP23129

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Caves
  Criminals
  Looting
  Los Angeles (CA)
  Murder
  Nuclear warfare
  Rape
  Survival skills

Note: Working titles: Survival and The End of the World . Rereleased in Mar 1965 under the latter title. 

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