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  • New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age

    Observers look on during a Nevada nuclear test, one of many filmed by a secret Hollywood studio, its story chronicled by two Illinois professors.

    Observers look on during a nuclear test in the Nevada desert in the early 1950s, one of many filmed by a secret Hollywood studio called Lookout Mountain Laboratory. Its story is chronicled by University of Illinois professors Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman through a new book and website.

    Image from CinemaScope footage from 1955, restored and reconstructed by Peter Kuran. Photo courtesy the Atomic Filmmakers, Santa Clarita, California.


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Kevin Hamilton, call 217-332-5833; email To reach Ned O’Gorman, call 217-265-0859; email

    Their book “Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War” was published in December 2018 by Dartmouth College Press and is available from the University of Chicago Press.

    The companion website, with related films, photos and documents, can be found at