Crime Wave (1953) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Three San Quentin escapees (Penny, Hastings and Morgan) kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, Morgan flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey, who's paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can't afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch Penny and Hastings, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Is there no way out for Steve?

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
  • The criminals "Doc" Penny, Ben Hastings and Gat Morgan escape from San Quentin and kill a police officer while robbing a gas-station. However Morgan is shot and left behind by his partners. He seeks shelter with the former inmate Steve Lacey, who is paroled and starting a new life with his wife Ellen Lacey and working as airplane mechanic. Lacey asks him to go away but Morgan tells that he has summoned the former Dr. Otto Hessler to treat him. When Hessler arrives, he realizes that Morgan is dead and flees from the apartment. Lacey calls his parole officer Daniel O'Keefe while the sleazy Detective Lieutenant Sims arrives at his home following his instincts. Lacey is arrested for three days but O'Keefe believes him and keeps his job. When Lacey returns home, "Doc" and Ben surprisingly arrive and threaten Ellen to force Lacey to participate in a bank heist. What will Steve Lacey do?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>


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