Joe Bob Briggs

Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

"In one scene, the dad is trying to cross the highway or pull onto it or something and, finally, to halt the fleeing masses, he pours gasoline all over the road and lights it. (It works.)

"I haven't seen the movie for about 15 years, but I know I saw it on television. Alas, that is all I can remember. Can you help me out?"

We had two correct answers, so the winner was chosen by drawing. And he is...Carl Sorrell of Hickory, N.C.:

"David is looking for Panic in the Year Zero!
"It starred a past-his-prime Ray Milland--before he became an over-the-hill Ray Milland sharing a body and head with Rosie Grier.

"The movie was made in 1962 and also starred Jean Hagen, who also appeared in The Shaggy Dog.

"Panic was directed by Milland, who did a pretty good job considering that most of the movie takes place at a campsite to which the family has fled as El Lay is destroyed by nukes.

"I remember seeing this movie at a Fairfield, Ohio, drive-in that our family went to every Saturday night during the summer."

Additional information came from Alan Winston of Stanford, Calif.:
"This is clearly Panic in the Year Zero, probably the only end-of-the-world movie with Frankie Avalon."

©1996 Joe Bob Briggs (Distributed by NYT Special Features)

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