The Satan Bug 1965

A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.

The Cast

George Maharis-Lee Barrett
Richard Basehart-Dr. Gregor Hoffman
Anne Francis-Ann Williams
Dana Andrews-Gen. Williams
John Larkin-Dr. Leonard Michaelson
Richard Bull-Eric Cavanaugh
Frank Sutton-Donald
Edward Asner-Veretti

The Director: John Sturges
The Writers: Alistair MacLean, James Clavell, Edward Anhalt
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Certificate : PG

Film Trivia

In the scene in the jazz club where Lee Barrett is introduced, the waitress that tells him he has a phone call is played by Lee Remick in an uncredited cameo role.
Anne Francis replaced Joan Hackett.
In his memoirs, Charlton Heston says he was asked to play the lead. In The Omega Man (1971) he does play a doctor who develops a vaccine for a bug that kills most of the population of earth.
Though it follows the general plot rather closely, there are a number of differences between this adaptation and the original novel by Alistair MacLean. Notably among them, in the novel the action is set in the UK, Station Three is called the Mordon Microbiological Research Establishment, George Maharis' character is called Pierre Cavell and Anne Francis' character is called Mary and is actually married to George Maharis' character.
William A. Wellman was offered Gen. Williams.
The following people at one time or another worked with George Maharis on Route 66: Anne Francis, Edward Asner, Simon Oakland, Harold Gould, Frank Sutton, and Henry Beckman.