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Armored Car Robbery (1950)

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

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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE STICK-UP THAT STUNNED THE NATION!


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

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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 »

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Dave Purvis: If anything goes wrong, I'll call yuh.
Dave Purvis: I'll have aa new number.
Benjamin 'Benny' McBride: You're ginna move again?
Dave Purvis: Yeah, tonight. The Valley Motor Court... Sunset 7-2131. I'm registered under the name of Martin Bell.
Dave Purvis: [Seeing bnny start to write the number down on a matchbook] Don't write that down!
Benjamin 'Benny' McBride: I don't wanna forget it. You move so often.
Dave Purvis: I don't like things written down! I don't like it! Memorize it! Sunset 7 - 2131!
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I'm Bound For Nothing But Love
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Mort Greene
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So Hard Boiled I Was Looking for The Mayonnaise
8 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

A very enjoyable, and quick, bank heist film featuring square-jawed Charles McGraw and William Talman with familiar elements, including 1950s L.A. as a backdrop. A career criminal (Talman) lines up local bad guys for a heist, with the added twist of his involvement with one of the local's girl, which leads, naturally, to a double-cross. An intrepid detective (McGraw), loses his partner in the armored car heist, and this drives the plot towards its grisly conclusion. Good fun, moves along fast, with plenty of light coming through venetian blinds, reflecting on hotel walls.

After years of watching Talman as Perry Mason's foil, the district attorney Hamilton Burger on the television series, it was great to watch him use his odd looks to full effect as a sociopathic criminal. His biography, available here on IMDb, also reveals his courage towards the very end of his life, as he filmed a short anti-smoking film for the American Cancer Society as he lay dying of lung cancer.


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