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Million Dollar Pursuit (1951)

Monte Norris (Norman Budd), a small-time crook with a neurotic drive to rise to the heights of the law-breaking underworld, is flat broke and in disrepute with gangdom's big mobs. He finds ... See full summary »

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Ronnie LaVerne
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Carlo Petrov
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Monte Norris
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Police Lieut. Matt Whitcomb (as Steve Flagg)
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Waxman 'Waxey' Wilk
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Louie Palino
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Ray Harvey
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Nick Algren
Ted Pavelec ...
Muller
John De Simone ...
Speed Nelson (as John de Simone)
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Bowen
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Deputy Sheriff (as Edward Cassidy)
Edward Clark ...
Holcomb
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Police Inspector Morgan
George Brand ...
Parker
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Monte Norris (Norman Budd), a small-time crook with a neurotic drive to rise to the heights of the law-breaking underworld, is flat broke and in disrepute with gangdom's big mobs. He finds a key to the chief cashier's office at a large department. He wants to handle the job alone but he boasts of his plans, and four other hoodlums cut themselves in on the robbery. Ther take is $500,000 but he and his confederates are unable to spend it since most of the bills are marked. As the tension in their hideout mounts, they fight among themselves and one of them is killed. Two other are killed in a police trap when they try to pass the money to a fence,Carlo Petrov (Grant Withers). Norris kills the remaining robber and goes to the apartment of his former girlfriend, Ronnie LaVerne (Penny Edwards), a nightclub singer who has served a short prison term because of a frame-up on her by Norris. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Written by Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
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Portrait of a heist: before, during and after
5 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Million Dollar Pursuit" (1951) is an impressive and genuine crime film noir out of Republic Studios. Into one hour it packs the buildup and planning of a department store heist, the daylight robbery itself by a gang of five men and the aftermath. The structure is broadly similar to "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) but this story very much goes its own way. The story's logical flow is sound. It's direct, swift and unsentimental. Characters come across clearly. Violence is not skirted, nor its sources, rational and irrational, thought out and emotional.

Many movie fans will probably recognize Don Beddoe, Rhys Williams, Denver Pyle and Penny Edwards in the capable cast. In the clear and sharp print I watched, the noir cinematography was very evident, enhancing the movie too.


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