"A little iron-curtain world of lost souls."
"Sitting in the shadow of the Golden Gate."
"Its inmates are felons the other prisons didn't want."
"That little stretch of water between Alcatraz and San Francisco."
"Is wider than the Pacific as far as the prisoners are concerned."
"They are not going to cross it unless they die or serve their time."
"But modern science performs many wonders."
"To five Alcatraz convicts a scientific experiment .."
"Brought the greatest miracle of all."
"A chance to get off The Rock."
Paul Willowes. 2-2-7-8-7.
Abner Smith. 1-1-0-3-2.
Eddie Ganz. 2-2-4-5-9.
Barry Morgan. 2-0-8-3-5.
I guess that's it.
I must remind you that you volunteered for a hazardous medical experiment.
I can't tell you any details because I don't know them myself.
So .. if anyone wants to back out.
This is the last chance.
Just so we understand the deal.
After the experiment we go free?
No matter what?
We've promised to commute the remainder of your sentence no matter what happens.
Have the MPs give you a receipt for the prisoners when you reach the landing.
I know what you're probably thinking.
But honestly, I don't believe it will be so bad.
Just that we've never tried it before on human beings.
We want to be sure that there are no harmful effects ..
Before we try it on actual patients.
You might consider yourselves "Test Pilots".
What's it all about Dr Finley?
We weren't told much.
Colonel Harris will explain that.
Oh, there is one thing I can tell you.
All our rabbits and guinea pigs came through without a scratch.
Dr Finley is right.
I want to thank you men for volunteering.
You have a chance to do great service to humanity.
It was just such experiments as this.
That taught us to lick Yellow Fever.
How to use the sulphur drugs.
Now, our atomic energy research ..
Has given us what may prove to be ..
Another great weapon against disease.
Now Dr Finley, since you're in charge of the experiment.
Would you explain the procedure.
Men, what we are going to do.
Is to inject a harmless metallic salt into your blood.
Then give you irradiation from a new substance ..
Known as "radioactive isotope".
This converts the salts in your blood.
Into millions of little depth charges that knock out certain microbes.
What will that do?
We hope it may give us a cure for a rare blood disease that's always been fatal.
It may even lead us to a cure for leukaemia.
I think that's about all we can tell them, doctor.
We'd better get started.
Will you take them to the examination room, please.
Yes, doctor. Right this way, please.
All pretty fit.
A good selection.
I'm sorry Dr Williams couldn't be here to see his experiment.
All this was his basic research. Well, that's the army.
If it hadn't needed him so bad at Oak Ridge he could have flown in with me.
We're ready for radiation.
Feeling a bit tense, Eddie?
We'll make it.
Alright. Yes, sir.
Everything quiet? Yes, doctor.
Hello. What's this?
The boys in the ward sent them over to the volunteers.
Is it alright? Why not?
"You stabbed him with these scissors."
"You were no friend of his."
"You stabbed him and killed him with these scissors."
I can't tell you any more.
They all looked so peaceful and normal.
I had no idea of such a thing happening.
I'm sorry, Lieutenant, but ..
We are all agreed there was negligence involved.
We are all willing to forgo Court Martial.
But we have no choice except to ask you to ..
Request relief from active duty.
Is this Doctor Ross Williams? Yes, that's right.
What's your theory on this, doctor?
I haven't any. I just arrived.
You all know more about this than I do.
Doctor Finley, is there any chance it might have been murder?
You know, the Assistant D.A. came to the meeting.
In my opinion, no. The men were the best of friends.
Too bad about that nurse. Yes. Yes, it is.
Come right in, doctor. Thank you.
Well, Doctor Williams.
Glad to see you.
Say, it was a crazy idea of yours flying all the way out of here from Oak Ridge.
I didn't think they'd let you come.
They had to. I was going batty back there.
I understand Dr Finley sent you all the medical reports.
Yes, but there's nothing in them to indicate that ..
And .. all of my research ..
I don't understand how it could have happened.
Just one of those unpredictables. You find them in the best of families.
Have you decided yet?
Afraid we have.
Research will be abandoned.
The remainder of the isotope destroyed.
The heat is already on us from Washington.
This is a dangerous thing you've turned loose.
Here he is now.
Joan, this is Dr Ross Williams.
Joan McKenna. How do you do, doctor.
He did the research. Not enough, I'm afraid.
You must feel worse than I do, doctor.
So they gave it to you, eh? Oh, undiluted.
A lethal dose.
Seems to be the day for it.
I'll get the car.
How long will you be here?
Oh, I'm going back tonight.
Have you ever seen any cases of this disease?
Months and months of injections and blood transfusions.
And no hope.
I thought I was doing something useful.
A man dead .. and my career ruined.
Dick. Hello, Joan.
How did it go?
Dick, this is Dr Ross Williams.
A tough break, Doc. After all your hard work.
A think like this happening to your own brother makes you ..
Feel so helpless.
Excuse us, Dick.
That's why I volunteered for the experiment.
I thought .. Hey, Doc.
You can work out a way to go on with your research.
You don't need convicts.
Any of us will be glad to help you out.
Miss McKenna. You were closer to this than any of the others.
Before my plane leaves, I wonder if I could go over it with you in detail.
There must be some obvious reason it went wrong. Something we overlooked.
After all, four out of five reacted normally.
"The hearing to fix responsibility in the atom ray killing .."
"Of the convict Eddie Ganz drew to a dramatic close today."
"Medical authorities decided that the 4 convict volunteers who survived .."
"Including Barry Morgan, wielder of the death scissors."
"Have shown no side effects from the ray and may safely be given their freedom."
"The District Attorney was expected to concur in the decision."
Would you sit down, please.
Do you see any reason for holding the convicts any longer, Mr Walton?
No, I'm sure this report will satisfy the D.A.
Put in the report that the Assistant D.A. and the Department of Defence ..
Both approved Morgan's release.
I'll go and talk to the men.
No need to hold these men any longer. Take them to the desk and sign them out.
Does that .. that include me, Colonel?
Yes, it does. You have just been cleared by the board, Morgan.
You must report to Dr Finley for regular check-ups. Keep in touch with him.
You don't often get good calamari like that, even in Italy.
You have been in Italy, seņora?
For two years. Free trip on the government.
I did a little pill-rolling for expenses.
I was born in Napoli.
But I come to America to find a good calamari.
You now, Joan.
The biggest trouble with research work is that you spend your time in a lab.
You forget all about people.
I can understand that.
You know, meeting Dick this afternoon was quite a shock.
It helped me get my feet back on the ground though.
This work has got to go on.
Not for my sake, but for Dick and the others like him.
But I still don't understand how I can help you.
You were the only one on the ward as it happened.
Outside of the other convicts.
Was there anything unusual in their reactions that ..
I'll tell you what.
Why don't you start at the beginning and tell me exactly what happened?
It was a little while after the convicts had left the radiation room.
Doctors had examined all five of them and ..
They all seemed perfectly normal.
Slight reactions, but nothing serious.
I was still on duty when ..
Prepare for a transfusion.
There is no pulse.
Eddie was stabbed through the heart.
He was dead when they reached him.
Is that of any help?
Joan. A reaction like that is impossible.
I've tested that treatment hundreds of times. On laboratory animals.
A radioactive salt usually dulls the mind.
Slows the motor reflexes.
Sometimes, there is no apparent reaction to the injection at all.
Evidently that was the case with Morgan.
But not violence.
What does it mean?
Could that be the flaw you were hoping to find?
It might be. Very possibly.
But if what you say is true.
Then Morgan ..
I've been thinking the very same thing.
I've got to go see Dr Finley. Want to come along?
Yes, I'd like to.
What's the matter?
You don't like calamari? It was fine, fine.
[ Monkey noises ]
What's the matter with you?
That was much better. Only two wrong.
[ Monkey noises ]
Oh shut up, it's not as bad as all that.
You've caught me with my hair down. Don't let us interrupt you.
That's alright. I got my time in.
How are you, Joan? Hello, doctor.
What's the idea of all this? I didn't realise you had talent.
Ha .. I haven't.
But Mrs Finley thought I was reaching the age when I ought to have a hobby.
I've always wanted to play the piano so ..
Normal people start during their first childhood.
Not this husband of mine.
Oh, you haven't met Eve.
Eve, shake hands with Joan McKenna.
Now shake hands with Dr Williams.
Charmed, I'm sure.
You know, her children have contributed more to medicine than I have.
I'll go and make some coffee.
You want to help me, Joan? Of course.
Come along, Evie. Time you went to bed.
Doctor, I'm not going back to Oak Ridge tonight.
Is there any way you can make them hold off destroying it for a week or so?
The isotope? Hmm.
Well, I'm not just going to let it drop.
I'll find some way to ..
You think I don't know how you feel?
I've been a long time in medicine, remember.
Multiply Dick's case by several hundred.
I've seen them, talked to them.
No, I'll find some way to go on.
With or without help.
It's their only chance.
And I'm not going to let anyone take it from them.
You know, Ross.
The army made an awful mistake.
In getting tied up with me.
I'm such a poor administrator.
Even the simplest little reports.
They get lost.
Or they are thrown away, or ..
I forget to sign them.
I always hold them up a couple of days.
Sometimes .. longer.
Thank you, doctor.
Why don't you go and see Walton in the D.A.'s office?
If you're right about Morgan's reaction he might be interested.
Unfortunately, I can't do a thing.
There is the little matter of proving it.
There must be something you can do .. No.
The case is officially closed.
Well .. supposing I could talk to Morgan?
And find out how he felt during the experiment?
Doctor, if the police and the D.A.'s office couldn't find a motive ..
What chance have you got?
Where can I find him?
He's joined up with an old partner in an auction gallery.
Pacific and Elm Streets.
Oh, I'm Dr Ross Williams. I want to see Mr Morgan.
Are you a friend of his?
Well, he'll know my name.
Come on inside.
I want you to notice this magnificent antique Chinese vase.
One of the finest examples of the Cheng Yuan period.
Now, ladies and gentlemen.
Notice the delicate and exquisite ..
Five-color enamel decoration ..
There is a Dr Ross Williams here to see you.
Do you know him?
I know the name.
You don't know what he wants? He didn't say.
Alright. Bring him in.
Who is the guy?
He had something to do with that hospital stuff.
What do you want, Doc?
Are you Barry Morgan?
This is Duke Shaw, my partner.
He took care of things while I was in stir.
He did alright, too. How do you do?
I .. I'd like to talk to you alone.
I'll see how things are going outside. Alright.
Now .. what's up?
Well, I've just been talking to Dr Finley.
He said that after the radiation, your reactions were as normal as the others.
Then, all of a sudden, your system reacted violently.
Everybody is different, Doc. Yes, I know.
Well, here is why I came.
You see, there must be something characteristic in your body that ..
Causes this atypical reaction.
I thought that if I might examine you, we might possibly find it.
It's a closed book.
All washed up. Finished.
There are hundreds of cases of this disease.
If we give up now, they've lost all hope.
They aren't my worry.
I have only got one .. Barry Morgan.
But you can't do that.
You can't turn your back on hundreds of people.
Ain't you done enough?
You made me kill my best friend.
Now why don't you just forget this whole thing?
If that's the way it is.
That's just the way it is.
I'm not going to give up, Morgan.
Just remember that.
Wait a minute, Doc.
Since you're here.
I'd like to show you the rest of the layout.
So this is the reason for the guards. I wondered about that.
Sure, this is a private party. But it doesn't hurt to be careful.
How about trying your luck, Doc?
Oh well, I'm not much of a gambler.
You ought to try it.
This is the wheel where the customers are supposed to win.
I don't get it.
Tomorrow we sell them an antique.
Uh .. how does this thing work?
You pick a number and a color and the wheel does the rest.
Number 3 seems to be hot tonight.
Okay. Just once.
Number 3. Red.
Wait a minute, I didn't .. Oh yes you did.
Again, number 3. Red.
[ Telephone ]
No. This is Peggy.
Say fellah, do you know what time it is?
"Joan .. Joan, hello?"
"Joan .. are you there?"
Yes. I'm here.
"Joan, this is Ross."
Ross? What's the matter?
You don't sound like yourself.
You're going where?
Yes, of course I'll go along.
You're sure of what?
Tell him to hang up. Murder is right.
But how do you know Morgan is worried?
Have you got any evidence?
Yes, I think I have.
"4-6-9-9-9 is here to see you, sir."
Bring him in.
Henry can tell you a lot more about that friendship than I can.
He came up from Leavenworth with Ganz and Morgan.
Hello, Warden. Hello, Henry.
What's this? What have you got here?
It's just my collection. Alright.
I know about Henry's collection.
What did you want with me?
Dr Williams and Miss McKenna came to see you.
Is that so?
The first visitors I've had since my missus past away 6 months ago.
They want to talk to you about Eddie Ganz and Barry Morgan.
Yes, we're ..
We're trying to find out how good friends they really were.
Oh .. Morgan and Eddie were friends alright.
If they hadn't been such good friends I might not be here.
What do you mean?
Well, it's quite a story.
We were in Leavenworth together.
Some of the boys planned a break.
Barry, Eddie and some others.
I heard about it, so they said I had to go with them.
They found the stuff in Eddie's mattress.
Somebody has got to pay for this.
Lay off Eddie. He's no stool.
You stick by that dirty bigmouth.
I said, lay off.
Maybe you and he are both in on this. You're taking care of everything else.
Why not this?
Fellahs, easy! The guard.
What's the matter?
So that's the way it was.
They sent the four of us to Alcatraz for trying to break out.
Then you could say that Morgan saved Ganz's life?
I guess you could.
That doesn't prove any great friendship.
I'd do the same thing for anybody, whether I knew him or not.
Ross, you're reaching for straws.
Yes, I guess you're right.
Well, thanks very much, Warden.
I'm sorry to cause you such unnecessary trouble.
Not at all.
Would you like to see my collection before you go?
Yeah. My postcards.
Well I'm sorry, but I must get right back.
Oh why not? It will only take a minute.
Well, you certainly get a lot of mail.
Oh .. oh, none of these are mine.
You see, nobody writes to me.
I get these from the fellows.
Just before they throw them away.
Oh I .. I see.
That's almost as good as getting them yourself.
I wish some time I could get some sent to me.
I'll have a real collection if I stay here long enough.
You'll be here long enough.
Look at this.
I didn't know there was a woman in Ganz's life.
There was some talk about him being married at one time.
It didn't show on the record.
Henry .. did Ganz give you this.
Yeah, that's the one he gave me.
Well, if you let me have it.
I promise that you'll get a postcard every week.
Written to you.
Oh gee, that will be great.
You keep trailing them.
I'll send Shaw on ahead.
The Doc and the nurse are on The Rock.
They saw the Warden.
Harry says they just left by bus for Lake Tahoe.
You'd better go up to the Ace High club and see what's going on.
Hello. Come on in.
New people, huh?
Well, you'll like the lake. Everybody does.
Can I help you?
Well I wonder if you can tell us .. Uh ..
We're interested in some of your properties.
Do you have any pictures? Are you kidding?
I've got pictures of every place on the lake.
It's all part of the service.
Sit down. Make yourself comfortable.
Here we are. Now you just take a look through there.
And if you don't find what you want, well we'll build it for you.
Fine .. thanks.
Say, if you folks don't mind, I've got this work to get out.
It will just take me a minute. You go right ahead. Take your time.
Why don't you just show him the card?
Don't you scientists know the shortest distance between two points is ..
Is that it?
What does it say?
Nothing. Just the price.
Found something you like?
Yeah. What about this one? Uhuh.
Are you sure that's what you mean? Why, what's wrong with it?
Why, it's been boarded up for the last few years.
I've been thinking of taking it off the list all together.
Where is this house?
Way down at the end of the lake. You can't get to it except by boat.
The cashier at the Ace High club owns it.
Where is the Ace High club?
Just a quarter of a mile down. Take the station-wagon bus.
Say, what about the property?
We'll think about it. We'll let you know.
Goodbye and come back soon.
Thanks very much. You bet. Goodbye.
This is Jim Carlton.
And who is this?
Say, remember you asked me to call you if I got a prospect for the Ganz place?
Yeah. That's right.
Uhuh .. yeah, a young fellow.
Yeah, he just left here a few minutes ago.
Well, what do we do?
Would you mind going to the hotel and picking up our reservations?
I'm going to take the station-wagon bus to the Ace High club.
I'll be back for dinner.
Here it comes now.
Try to be careful.
The Ace High club.
Good afternoon, sir.
Harry's been hurt in the kitchen. I've got to phone for a doctor.
The mixer fell off the top shelf .. Wait a minute.
I'm a doctor.
Good. Come on out in the kitchen.
Hurry Doc, will you.
I can't find anything wrong with him ..
How long do we have to keep this up before the Doc catches on?
"You don't need convicts."
"Any one of us would help you out."
"That's why I volunteered for the experiment."
Are you sure you're alright?
I'm a doctor, remember.
I wish you would.
How did it happen this time?
I don't know. You don't know?
I walked in the door of the Ace High club and something hit me on the head.
Next thing I remember I woke up in a clump of bushes.
It's .. quite a contusion, isn't it.
Will you promise me something?
That you will stay here and keep out of trouble.
And give me that card.
Why, where are you going?
The Ace High club to ask about Ethel. They won't know me.
You stay here and have your dinner while I'm gone.
And no arguments. Nurse's orders.
Dr Finley speaking.
Well, where are you calling from?
He and Joan are at Tahoe.
Oh, it's nice there this time of year.
They haven't destroyed the isotope yet, have they?
The remainder will be destroyed in the morning.
But can't you see ..
We're on the verge of breaking it wide open, and if Joan finds anything ..
What's the matter with you?
I just don't want to meet anyone tonight.
Then why did you come in here by yourself?
Just for a drink.
It's early, kid.
Ethel isn't here yet, huh?
When does the cashier come in?
That's right. You say you want to see her?
There she is now, talking to Shaw.
I'm awfully sorry I'm late. I'll be ready in a minute.
I'm Joan McKenna.
I'm awfully glad I found you.
You are Ethel Ganz, aren't you?
And you sent this card to Eddie Ganz?
Yes, but where did you get it?
I'm a friend of Eddie's.
You were related to Eddie Ganz?
He was my stepfather.
Can you make some excuse to get away and come over to the hotel with me?
Why should I? I don't even know you. Of all the ..
I was the nurse on the experiment.
He did the research.
He's waiting at the hotel now.
Ethel, we have definite reason to think your father was deliberately murdered.
Are you sure?
Won't you please come over to the hotel?
Yeah, I guess I'd better.
You meet me outside.
I'll make some excuse to Duke Shaw.
Our one chance to prove radiation was not responsible for your father's death.
Is to show that Morgan had a motive for murder.
That they weren't the great friends they were supposed to be.
Then that's why you've come to me? Looking for a motive?
It's no longer just a hunch, Miss Ganz.
Morgan is worried. He's had me beaten up twice.
My stepfather and I weren't the best of friends.
But I wouldn't want anybody to murder him and get away with it.
Maybe I'd better tell you.
Tell us what?
About the money.
Oh, I never knew for sure but ..
Eddie hinted after they sent him away that ..
He'd hidden a lot of cash in the old summer place.
All that Eddie ever wanted from me was to know about the house.
But Morgan couldn't have known about the money.
They didn't know each other before they went to jail.
You suppose we can take a look at that house?
I've a hunch we might find something.
We'd have to get a boat. There is no road.
We can take one at the pier.
Fine. Joan, take a cab to the airport.
If there is no plane for San Francisco, charter one.
You've got to get to Dr Finley right away.
Tell him he can't destroy the isotope now.
Wait a minute.
Look, if ..
Morgan knew about that money, but ..
Didn't know where it was hidden.
Maybe that's why he stuck so close to your father.
When Eddie was sent to Alcatraz.
Then why would Morgan kill him?
Suppose, during that long time in jail.
He found out from Eddie where the money was.
From then on, he wouldn't need your father anymore. Don't you see?
Eddie would just be in the way.
So that's where the money was hidden.
I wonder how much it was.
A quarter of a million dollars.
A quarter of a million?
Wait a minute.
How did you know?
Because I found it.
You see, Morgan got himself set up just to try to find out about Eddie's dough.
Well, I was right about that anyway.
But he never could.
I came up here.
After he was sent to jail ..
I went over the whole place with saws, hammers, files, chisels.
I'd have torn it down piece by piece if I had to.
And then I found it.
Right where you were looking, Doc.
You and Morgan planned it together.
And then when you had the money, Eddie was just in the way, huh?
Look .. why are you telling me this?
I can put you on the stand and ..
Prove that Morgan had a definite motive for murder.
I'm afraid not, Doc.
A wife ain't allowed to testify against her husband.
All of you.
Wait for me at the boat.
I want to talk to the Doc.
I want to talk to you.
Now listen, Doc.
I've been pretty patient.
Now look at my side.
I spent years in stir trying to get that money.
Dough that Eddie chiselled from me in the first place.
And when Ethel found it, we knew we had to get rid of Eddie.
Then this experiment came along.
I saw my chance.
And I killed him.
And fooled them all.
Ethel and I had the perfect setup.
And then you show up.
Stick your nose in and try to spoil it all.
You'll never get a case against me, Doc.
You can see that.
And I'm a nice guy.
I don't want to keep beating you up all the rest of my life.
Now, why don't you go back where you came from and ..
Be happy with your test tubes, huh?
It's no deal.
I don't care how long it takes.
I'm not going to let you sacrifice all those lives.
Just so you could save your own.
Dr Finley, I'm from the wire service. Any word on Dr Williams' disappearance?
Not a word. Have you asked the police? And the D.A. and the Highway Patrol.
They are still checking on that nurse's story, but so far, nothing.
This "Ethel" she mentioned has dropped out of sight, too.
I think you know more about the case than me.
Could it have been foreign agents, doctor? After all, he was an atomic ..
I'm sorry, there is nothing more I can tell you.
Yes, I think that did it very nicely.
Are you through with me then, Doc? Yes.
Just as soon as I've signed these reports.
Here is yours. I have one for each of you two.
I guess you won't be seeing us anymore. No, I guess not.
It's lucky we found this out in time or we'd be seeing a lot of each other.
Good luck. Thank you, doctor.
Ah, what a relief.
I've been calling you for days but they told me you were out of town.
Can you spare me half a day of your time?
I'd say: yes.
It probably means your life.
The sooner the better. Yes.
Yes, I'll be here.
And that's what we found with the other three men.
If it's neglected, it's a dangerous condition.
But, oh ..
Nothing to it when taken in time.
But if the rays caused it ..
How could the same stuff cure it?
Well that's .. that's one of the peculiarities of medicine.
The others took it .. okay?
Without a whimper.
They were here a little while ago.
It's okay with me, Doc.
I don't want to kill anybody else.
I quite understand your fear.
But don't worry.
You'll be alone in the ward.
You're not going to get away with it, Morgan.
You know that?
Get away with what, Doc?
I don't know what you mean, Doc.
Dr Ross Williams ..
Was attempting to prove that you'd murdered Ganz.
I'm pretty sure you killed Williams, too.
That's one more reason why I'm making sure that you don't go free.
Ah, you're way off, Doc.
I couldn't help myself.
It was the experiment.
You know that.
You see, Morgan.
I can prove now that your reaction to that ..
Radiation was impossible.
You were faking in order to get away with murder.
I'm not trying to get away with anything.
You and your kind can never stop the advance of science.
Worked out a little demonstration.
So simple that it would be obvious to anybody ..
That your killing of Ganz was ..
Is that so?
Anybody else know about this, doctor?
No. No, not yet.
They soon will, though.
I wouldn't bet on that, Doc.
Hello, doctor. Hello Joan.
I brought Mr Walton like you said.
Hi, Walton. Doctor.
I understand from Miss McKenna you've been exposing more patients to that ray.
That's a criminal act, doctor, after the board report.
They put me under it again.
I didn't want to. I was afraid I'd kill somebody else too.
You see, that's just how it happened.
What do you say to that, doctor?
Then .. you maintain ..
That your reactions ..
This time were exactly the same as during the first treatment?
And you had a sudden uncontrollable desire to kill?
Yeah. I couldn't help myself.
What is the amount of isotopic radiation you applied to Mr Morgan's body?
Exactly .. zero.
"Young medical researcher gives life to prove technique."
"Atomic radiation treatment means new hope for many."
Just a minute, Dick.
I have to keep a promise for a friend of mine.
"And so the fighting and the sacrifice go on."
"0ne man falls. A hundred close up the ranks."
"Whether the enemy be disease and blight or mere stupidity and self-interest."
"The soldier scientists battle for a better world."
"The lives and the deaths of such heroic men as .."