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Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | | 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)
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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
William P. Lane Jr. ...
Maryland Governor William P. Lane Jr. (as Governor William P. Lane Jr.)
John S. Battle ...
Virginia Governor John. S. Battle (as Gov. John S. Battle)
W. Kerr Scott ...
North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott (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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The Whole Blazing Story of the Tri-State Gang! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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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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Detective Sgt. Truscott: [narrating] This is William B. Phillips, congenital criminal, fugitive from the Lorton Reformatory. He went to college, had every advantage. He began his career for excitement: stealing cars, breaking and entering, burglary - a record of many arrests and only one light sentence.
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Highway 301 (1950)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

The criminal exploits of a small group of gangsters working in the Maryland/Virginia/North Carolina area. The docudrama subgenre of noir tends to produce few masterpieces and a lot of mediocrities. This one is closer to mediocrity, but has a few worthwhile assets. The intro, with "crime does not pay" lectures by the governors of the three states, sets the self-righteous, judgemental tone for the film's narration and messages. The story follows a standard formula, with early successes by the gang followed by the net of the law gradually closing around them and forcing their hand. The characterizations are fun but one-note. Steve Cochran in the lead has an edgy brutality but not much else. However, the action sequences are well done, and there is one nail-biting, suspenseful scene as one of the gangster's gals tries to escape. The photography is quite nice as well, at least during the gloomy night scenes.


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