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Crashout (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  March 1955 (USA)
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The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

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Van Morgan Duff
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Joe Quinn
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Pete Mendoza
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Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Reverend Remington
Gene Evans ...
Maynard 'Monk' Collins
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Billy Lang
Beverly Michaels ...
Alice Mosher
Gloria Talbott ...
Girl on Train
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Fred Summerfield
Percy Helton ...
Doctor Louis Barnes
Melinda Markey ...
Girl in Bar
Christopher Olsen ...
Timmy Mosher (as Chris Olsen)
Adele St. Mauer ...
Mrs. Mosher
Edward Clark ...
Conductor
Tom Dugan ...
Ed, the Bartender
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Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of "regular folks," each has his own rendezvous with destiny. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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KILLERS On A Furlough From Hell! See more »


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6 mördare har rymt  »

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Much of the opening, under-titles sequence of a prison break was made from footage borrowed from Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), directed by Don Siegel. See more »

Quotes

Van Morgan Duff: [to Quinn] I never did like you. You talk too fast and too much.
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Six convicts escape and head for cash hidden away by William Bendix
26 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crashout is an excellent film noir. The story starts after the crashout from prison of 6 convicts. It focuses solely on the aftermath. Each character is developed carefully, as is the story itself, which unfolds logically and tragically as befits noir.

In these movies of old, we often find assembled amazingly good casts. In this case, there is William Bendix playing a coldly calculating and manipulative con. William Talman plays a killer with a few religious screws loose. Marshall Thompson is a younger con yearning to be free. Luther Adler is a ladies man anxious to take what he wants. Arthur Kennedy is an embittered thief out for money, and Gene Evans is a hot-tempered oaf. At first they hide out in a secret cave known to Bendix.

These six would go their separate ways except that a wounded Bendix ropes them into helping him in return for a share of big loot that he has stashed. But first they must overcome obstacles: food, clothing, a car, and avoiding any roadblocks.

Eventually, Beverly Michaels and her family are involved and a romantic attachment between her and Kennedy develops. Gloria Talbot has a role in one sequence playing a naive girl on her sad way back home after failing to make it as a singer in the big city.

The climax takes place on a snowy mountain top where the money is buried.

The acting is top notch from all hands. Kennedy and Bendix are special standouts. This is by no means an average movie or noir. This once was out on VHS tape. I wonder why it hasn't been remastered and made it to DVD. It's one of those core film noir classics.


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