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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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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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March 1955 (USA)  »

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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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Fleeing the law
5 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This independent film production is one of the grimmest motion pictures you'll ever see. I'm not surprised that in 1955 no major studio would have made Crashout, especially without no real rooting interest in any good guy.

Six convicts are all that remain unapprehended after a giant Crashout of a prison break. The six and they're all different in their own ways are William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Gene Evans, Luther Adler, William Talman, and Marshall Thompson. The film is their story and what happens to each of them fleeing the law.

Bendix is wounded, but the rest have reason to keep him alive because he knows where $180,000.00 in buried loot is from his last job. They even get him a doctor and later kill Dr. Percy Helton.

Some other people get in their way and one by one they're killed by the law or by each other. Bendix the toughest and meanest of the bunch is the most memorable, followed by Arthur Kennedy who was not a lifer like the others but just wanted a taste of freedom and William Talman who is a religious fanatic. Not exactly the crowd I'd choose to hang with, but these guys have drawn each other in life's game of chance.

Bendix was the box office draw here. In films he was an excellent character player, but on radio and television he was a star and was still doing and starring in The Life Of Riley on television when Crashout was made. He's also one of my favorites and those of you discovering William Bendix for the first time see this and then see an episode of The Life Of Riley. You can't get more apart than lovable, bumbling Chester Riley and the escaped convict in Crashout. You'll barely believe it's the same actor.

Crashout is an unforgettable noir film of the Fifties, don't miss it if it is broadcast.


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