Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  8 June 1950 (USA)
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A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.



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Complete credited cast:
Benny McBride
Steve Brodie ...
Al Mapes
Don McGuire ...
Detective Danny Ryan
Don Haggerty ...
Detective Cuyler
James Flavin ...
Lt. Phillips
Gene Evans ...
William 'Ace' Foster


Dave Purvis takes pride in being unknown to the law, though famed among fellow crooks as a planner He plots a holdup in meticulous detail; but things go wrong, a cop and two robbers are killed, and Purvis hides out with the money while Lieut. Cordell, friend of the dead cop, investigates. Purvis's new getaway plan shows promise, but may have one tiny flaw. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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8 June 1950 (USA)  »

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Armoured Car Robbery  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film opens with stock footage of New York City, then cuts to Los Angeles City Hall. See more »


When Cordell's car comes to a stop after he swears to avoid the truck during the chase. His right front tire is fully inflated. He immediately jumps out of his car. But now the tire is completely flat. See more »


Dave Purvis: Well, here's to money!
Yvonne LeDoux: And time to spend it!
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Cindy Lou McWilliams
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
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Another Fleischer Film Noir Gem
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, this was a neat little film, far better than I had hoped. I don't tape many shows on TV, but this was one I'm sure glad I did, especially since it is not available on VHS or DVD.

I say "little" film because it's only 67 minutes long. Richard Fleischer, who directed THE NARROW MARGIN (1952), another short and fast-moving crime story, directed this movie, too, and you can see some similarities. The major similarity is how fast-paced these films are. Another is the presence of one of the best 'B' tough guys ever: Charles McGraw.

Because of that, and it's so interesting to view, it's one I plan on viewing a number of times. McGraw, as the cop, and William Talman, as the leader of the gang, are fun to watch.

It's a heist tale and most of the film is about the gang trying to escape after the robbery and what happens to each one. In that regards, it reminds me a bit of another great film: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, which also came out at this time. This isn't up to that level, but it's good and highly recommended viewing if you see it listed on TCM, where I saw it.

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