Seven Days to Noon

  • PG
  • John Boulting, Roy Boulting (1950)
  • UK
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Doomsday movies were everywhere in the early 1950s as the Cold War chill began to bite. This is the finest British contribution to that subgenre; indeed, a pretty convincing case could be made for its nomination as one of this country's best-ever thrillers. Although the threat of an atomic explosion in London makes for compelling viewing, the true power of the picture comes from a magnificent performance by Barry Jones as the professor driven to suicidal despair by the misappropriation of his work. Thanks to Jones and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor's eerie images of the capital, this Boulting brothers film maintains an unbearable tension.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Barry Jones. A nuclear scientist, frustrated by the lack of awareness about atomic weapons, issues a terrible threat to persuade the British government to ban nuclear research.

Cast and crew


Professor Willingdon
Barry Jones
Olive Sloane
Superintendent Folland
André Morell
Ann Willingdon
Sheila Manahan
Stephen Lane
Hugh Cross
Mrs Peckett
Joan Hickson
Prime Minister
Ronald Adam
Mrs Willingdon
Marie Ney
American commentator
Merrill Mueller


John Boulting
Roy Boulting

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Optimum Releasing