Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

92 mins | Melodrama | 4 July 1962

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HISTORY

The 28 Dec 1961 LAT referred to the picture by its working title, Survival. According to the 5 Jan 1962 LAT, principal photography was scheduled to begin 21 Feb 1962. A news item in the 18 Apr 1962 Var noted that the title was changed to End of the World. Three weeks later, the 4 May 1962 DV listed the film as Panic in Year Zero, among upcoming releases from American International Pictures (AIP).
       The 17 May 1962 DV revealed that composer Les Baxter began recording that day at Republic Studios, in separate sessions with a jazz group and a full orchestra. The 8 Jun 1962 DV noted that principal photography took place in Los Angeles, CA. Two months later, the 10 Aug 1962 DV announced openings at fifty Los Angele-area theaters on 5 Sep 1962. Reviews were tepid, with the 29 Jun 1962 DV and 7 Sep 1962 LAT expressing annoyance over Baxter’s “rock-’n’-roll” score. Public response was more enthusiastic, evidenced by the 21 Sep 1962 DV, which included the film among the three titles responsible for a projected 200 percent increase in AIP’s gross receipts.
       Rereleased in Mar 1965 as The End of the World. ... More Less

The 28 Dec 1961 LAT referred to the picture by its working title, Survival. According to the 5 Jan 1962 LAT, principal photography was scheduled to begin 21 Feb 1962. A news item in the 18 Apr 1962 Var noted that the title was changed to End of the World. Three weeks later, the 4 May 1962 DV listed the film as Panic in Year Zero, among upcoming releases from American International Pictures (AIP).
       The 17 May 1962 DV revealed that composer Les Baxter began recording that day at Republic Studios, in separate sessions with a jazz group and a full orchestra. The 8 Jun 1962 DV noted that principal photography took place in Los Angeles, CA. Two months later, the 10 Aug 1962 DV announced openings at fifty Los Angele-area theaters on 5 Sep 1962. Reviews were tepid, with the 29 Jun 1962 DV and 7 Sep 1962 LAT expressing annoyance over Baxter’s “rock-’n’-roll” score. Public response was more enthusiastic, evidenced by the 21 Sep 1962 DV, which included the film among the three titles responsible for a projected 200 percent increase in AIP’s gross receipts.
       Rereleased in Mar 1965 as The End of the World. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 May 1962
p. 5.
Daily Variety
8 Jun 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
29 Jun 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
10 Aug 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Sep 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 Sep 1962
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
28 Dec 1961
p. 20.
Los Angeles Times
5 Jan 1962
p. 25.
Los Angeles Times
7 Sep 1962
Section D, p. 13
Variety
18 Apr 1962
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A James H. Nicholson-Samuel Z. Arkoff Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus coordinator
SOUND
Sd ed
Music ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Unit mgr
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prop master
Constr
Stills
Opticals & titles
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Survival
The End of the World
End of the World
Release Date:
4 July 1962
Premiere Information:
Miami, Florida, opening: 4 July 1962
Los Angeles opening: 5 September 1962
Production Date:
began late February 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Alta Vista Productions
Copyright Date:
18 June 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23129
Duration(in mins):
92
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

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 ... +


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. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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