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Highway 301 (1950)

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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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Steve Cochran ...
George Legenza
Virginia Grey ...
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
Aline Towne ...
Madeline Welton
Richard Egan ...
Herbie Brooks
Edward Norris ...
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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 December 1950 (USA)  »

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The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery  »

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Trivia

Union Station is mention as a crime location. Union Station is in Los Angeles, CA, where the movie was filmed, but Union Station is also the train station in Washington, DC, where some of the action takes place. See more »

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"Union Station", a railroad station, is mentioned as a crime location. The film is set on the East Coast - in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina - and Union Station is in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

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Detective Sgt. Truscott: [narrating] Herbie Brooks - a stooge member of this mob. He liked high living and easy money. Working for the outfit was an exciting experience for him.
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Rip-roaring retro
17 January 2009 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

HIGHWAY 301 is a rip-roaring Warner Brothers return to their hard-hitting early 1930s gangster cycle complete with a "Crime Does Not Pay" prologue delivered by the governors of the three states the events take place in. Filmed in a semi-documentary style with sporadic voice-over narration, the tale is based on "cold, hard fact" and is surprisingly sadistic -which could be the reason why I never saw it on TV growing up. Like many good crime melodramas, H301 opens with a bank robbery and follows the gang and their molls as they live life on the run and I was reminded of 1967's BONNIE & CLYDE in its depiction of a "family" of outlaws contending with pressures from within as they're relentlessly pursued by the long arm of the law. The brutally handsome Steve Cochran dominates his surroundings as the flint-eyed, heartless, "take-no-prisoners" leader of the "Tri-State Gang" who can calmly kill at the drop of a fedora and Robert Webber and newcomer Gaby Andre (whatever happened to her?) are believable as a young con and his naive bride in over their heads. Familiar face Virginia Grey scores as a radio-addicted dame who knows the score and the reliable Eddie Norris and Richard Egan are also on hand in small roles. The director, Andrew Stone, wrote the never-a-dull-moment script and, in addition to the solid direction and "A" production values only a major studio can provide, the violence directed at women and the high body count made this fast-paced police procedural a slick "shocker" for its day and it still packs a punch. Warners also made WHITE HEAT, KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE (both with James Cagney), and THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (again with bad boy Cochran) around the same time. Highly recommended for fans of this type of film -and you know who you are.

"Several good suspense sequences, some good comic observation, and many pleasing visual moments of the wet-streets-at-night category." -"Punch"


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