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FBI Code 98 (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 4 January 1963
Three executives of an electronics firm discover a bomb aboard their airliner in this taut crime thriller--and the FBI's investigation puts everyone under a magnifying glass of suspicion.

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Stanley Niss (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kelly ... Robert P. Cannon
Ray Danton ... Fred Vitale
Andrew Duggan ... Alan W. Nichols
Philip Carey ... Inspector Leroy Gifford
William Reynolds ... Special Agent Edward Fox
Peggy McCay ... Deborah Cannon
Kathleen Crowley ... Marian Nichols
Merry Anders ... Grace McLean
Jack Cassidy ... Walter Macklin
Vaughn Taylor ... Joseph Petersen
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Lloyd Kinsel
Ken Lynch ... Special Agent in Charge Gibson White
Charles Cooper ... Special Agent Bernard Lyons
Paul Comi ... Special Agent Philip Vaccaro
Robert Hogan ... Timothy Farrell
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Three executives of an electronics firm discover a bomb aboard their airliner in this taut crime thriller--and the FBI's investigation puts everyone under a magnifying glass of suspicion.

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The story of America's FBI as you've never seen it before! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

F.B.I. código 98 See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Robert Hogan. See more »

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A timely spill
6 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the documentary style of The House On 92nd Street and The Street With No Name, FBI Code 98 tells the story of how the agency caught a saboteur who had placed a bomb aboard a company plane nearly killing the top three executives of an electronics firm that's doing those missile guidance systems for those newfangled ICBMs. Of course the Communists are high on the suspect list for those wanting to kill Jack Kelly, Ray Danton, and Andrew Duggan.

National security may be involved, but it was for far more mundane motives that the deed was nearly done. Jack Kelly's overnight bag was switched for the suitcase with the bomb. If a cup of coffee hadn't spilled on him he wouldn't have gotten his bag and discovered the device.

Having an unexploded bomb to work with was great for the forensics team. As J. Edgar Hoover personally put his imprimatur on the film and made an appearance at the end you know the FBI was shown in the best light. Truly their laboratories which Hoover did put in during his long tenure is a thing of wonder.

I won't reveal who or why, but this perpetrator is truly a pitiable human being. And no one is killed in the entire course of the film.

Not a bad film, obviously a tryout for the FBI series to come.


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