Crashout (1955)

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The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Morgan Duff
Joe Quinn
Pete Mendoza
Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Reverend Remington
Gene Evans ...
Maynard 'Monk' Collins
Billy Lang
Beverly Michaels ...
Alice Mosher
Gloria Talbott ...
Girl on Train
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 ...
Tom Dugan ...
Ed, the Bartender


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 <>

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Release Date:

March 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

6 mördare har rymt  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Van Morgan Duff: [to Quinn] I never did like you. You talk too fast and too much.
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Edited from Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) See more »

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Thick-ear Gem
20 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A curiously compelling little movie, Crashout is a throwback to the tough prison-escape movies of the 30's. Fortunately, the producers had the good sense to hire an expert cast of B-movie veterans to enliven an otherwise shopworn plot. Writer-producer Hal Chester and director- writer Lewis Foster provide each convict with a distinct personality that holds viewer interest as tensions mount, while the audience anticipates how each character will be brought to justice. Standouts in the cast are the always subtle Arthur Kennedy, an engagingly ambivalent Marshall Thompson, and William Tallman doing his scary psycho bit, this time as a knife-throwing religious fanatic. Then there's that raspy little gnome Percy Helton, lending his unique brand of character color. And in a poignant bit part, cult favorite Gloria Talbott as the prospect of a normal life for the ill-fated Thompson. The scenes in the dingy roadhouse are well done, along with an appropriately ironical ending. Though you've seen it all before, there are many nice touches that lift this otherwise generous slice of thick-ear beyond the merely routine.

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