FBI Code 98
|FBI Code 98|
|Directed by||Leslie H. Martinson|
|Produced by||Stanley Niss|
|Written by||Stanley Niss|
|Narrated by||William Woodson|
|Music by||Max Steiner
|Edited by||Leo H. Shreve|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||104 min.|
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, 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.
- 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 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. Niss, a former police reporter, 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.
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