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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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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)  »

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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 film's title, "Highway 301" refers to a U.S. highway that connects Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina - where the Tri-State gang committed their crimes. The route itself was never mentioned in the film. See more »

Goofs

After the bank robbery, a police officer finds the getaway car and calls it in to his headquarters by radio, using the call sign "KMA 367". The robbery takes place in North Carolina, but the "KMA 367" call sign--assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)--is for the Los Angeles (CA) Police Dept. Call signs beginning with "K" are issued to departments on the West Coast, not the East Coast; East Coast departments are issued call signs beginning with "W". See more »

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Madeline Welton: For three days I'm locked up in a hotel while you're away on a *business trip*. Mustn't talk to anyone; can't go out. Just wait, wait. What am I supposed to do, make faces in the looking glass?
George Legenza: Why don't you do what Mary does? Listen to the radio.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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Gang-on-the-run movie packs a dirty wallop
27 June 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The heart sinks when Highway 301 opens as the governors of three states bore us blind with pompous crime-does-not-pay speeches, one after the other. (It was 1950, and before we had a good time we had to be morally reassured.) Luckily, things pick up quickly in this modest but very well done look at life on the lam. A gang of bank-and-payroll robbers is terrorizing North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland; its leader (Steve Cochran) is especially vicious, and seems to take particular delight in bumping off women who cross him. One of them (Virginia Grey) gets bumped off much too early, as her sassy mouth is one of the best things in the movie. Another is the French-Canadian girlfriend (Gaby Andre) of another gangster, who only slowly comes to realize that she's fallen in with a den a theives ("duh?"). The tensest sequence in the movie occurs when Cochran is stalking her, by night, in the streets of Richmond, Virginia. The concluding scene, in a hospital, is almost as good. Again, by no means a vital installment in the noir canon, but quite professional and engaging.


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