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Highway 301 (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1950 (USA)
Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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George Legenza
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Mary Simms
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Lee Fontaine (as Gaby Andre)
Edmon Ryan ...
Detective Sgt. Truscott / Narrator
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William B. 'Bill' Phillips
Wally Cassell ...
Robert 'Bobby' Mais
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Madeline Welton
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Herbie Brooks
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Noyes Hinton - Gang Driver
William P. Lane Jr. ...
Himself - Governor of Maryland (as Governor William P. Lane Jr.)
John S. Battle ...
Himself - Governor of Virginia (as Gov. John S. Battle)
W. Kerr Scott ...
Himself - Governor of North Carolina (as Governor W. Kerr Scott)
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Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

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They slashes a crime-scar across the map of America!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The armored car robbery took place on the ramp to the second floor parking lot in the back of Union Station. See more »

Goofs

The bandits are operating in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, but the armored car robbery clearly takes place in another region (actually Union Station in Los Angeles) as palm trees--which do not grow on the East Coast--are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Lee Fontaine: I was just lucky to meet him when he came to Canada on business.
Madeline Welton: [laughs derisively] Women's apparel and furs.
Lee Fontaine: What's so funny?
Madeline Welton: Furs all right - right off the back of a truck while it's still moving.
Mary Simms: Don't listen to her. She doesn't know what she's talking about.
Madeline Welton: Big business man... bank accounts - almost any bank. Take the bank in Winston-Salem for example...
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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Vicious Steve Cochran leads a gang of bank robbers
8 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the comments praising and criticizing "Highway 301" in earlier reviews are accurate. I'll add my two cents.

The IMDb plot summary that describes Cochran's character as "psychotic" is wrong. There is not a single instance of any psychosis in the man. He's often cold, callous, calculating, confident and vicious, but he's not having any delusions.

The movie is entertaining. It has quite a few night sequences filmed in film noir fashion, and there is a reasonable degree of suspense. The story itself is, however, a gangster story told with some police narration. The picture is nowhere near being a "White Heat", a "High Sierra" or a "I Died a Thousand Times". On the other hand, its point of view, which is mainly to depict the gang and their lives in an unromanticized and often brutal way, lends a noir character to the film that makes it very different from a 1930s gangster film. The central figure in the film is Steve Cochran and he's vicious when someone stands in his way or threatens to unravel his gang and lead to his apprehension.


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