FBI Code 98

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FBI Code 98
FBI Code 98 FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Produced by Stanley Niss
Written by Stanley Niss
Starring Jack Kelly
William Reynolds
Ray Danton
Merry Anders
Andrew Duggan
Philip Carey
Peggy McCay
Narrated by William Woodson
Music by Max Steiner
Howard Jackson
Cinematography Robert Hoffman
Edited by Leo H. Shreve
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • 1962 (1962) (UK)
  • April 1964 (1964-04) (U.S.)
Running time
104 min.
Country United States
Language English

FBI Code 98 is a 1962 crime drama directed by Leslie H. Martinson and produced by Warner Bros. Originally intended as television pilot, the film was instead released theatrically in the United Kingdom in 1962,[1] and in the United States in 1964. FBI Code 98 stars many Warner Bros. contract players such as Jack Kelly, Ray Danton and William Reynolds.


The president of an electronics company, Alan Nichols (Andrew Duggan), and his two vice presidents, Robert Cannon (Jack Kelly) and Fred Vitale (Ray Danton), are required at Cape Canaveral to oversee the test launching of a missile which their company developed. But before they are able to board the plane to take them there one of their suitcases is switched for one containing a bomb. Cannon opens his luggage when the men are in mid air and discovers the bomb, and his colleague Vitale manages to disarm it. The FBI is called in to determine whether this is a case of attempting to murder Cannon, whose suitcase contained the bomb, or an attempt to sabotage the air plane.

The investigation soon proves that electronics project engineer Petersen made and planted the bomb in the suitcase. Petersen's motivation for doing this is that his son was fired by CEO Nichols, and when failing to blow up the plane he instead tries to blow up Nichols yacht, with the wife and her lover on it. The task for the FBI is to stop this endeavour.[2]


Robert P. Cannon - Jack Kelly
Fred Vitale - Ray Danton
Alan W. Nichols - Andrew Duggan
Inspector Leroy Gifford - Philip Carey
Special Agent Edward P. Fox - William Reynolds
Deborah Cannon - Peggy McCay
Marian Nichols - Kathleen Crowley
Grace McLean - Merry Anders
Walter Macklin - Jack Cassidy
Joseph Petersen - Vaughn Taylor
Lloyd Kinsel - Eddie Ryder
Special Agent in Charge Gibson White - Ken Lynch
Special Agent Bernard Lyons - Charles Cooper
Special Agent Philip Vaccaro - Paul Comi
Timothy Farrell - Robert Hogan
Anita Davidson - Laura Shelton
Carl Rush - Robert Ridgely
Assistant Director - Francis De Sales
Special Agent Alan Woodward - Bill Quinn
Special Agent Vernon Lockhart - Ross Elliott
Narrator - William Woodson


The Federal Bureau of Investigation cooperated in the filming of FBI Code 98,[3] with sequences filmed in Washington, D.C. and Quantico, Virginia.

The working title of the film was Headquarters F.B.I. with screenwriter and producer Stanley Niss having a novelization of the screenplay published under that title.[4] Niss, a former police reporter,[5] had written episodes for the radio shows Gangbusters and Counterspy and episodes of several Warner Bros. Television shows. Niss also visited the set to smooth difficulties between Ray Danton and director Leslie H. Martinson.[6]


  1. ^ "FBI Code 98". bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/74682/FBI-Code-98/
  3. ^ "The Private Life and Times of Pamela Austin". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. 
  4. ^ Stanley Niss at worldcat.com
  5. ^ "Letters To the Editor". Life (Time, Inc.) 5 (12): 2. 1938-09-19. ISSN 0024-3019. 
  6. ^ Magers, Boyd & Fitzgerald, Michael G. Western Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movies and Television p.18, 2004, McFarland

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