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Release Date:
10 June 1955 (USA) See more »
Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Rno Casino and pull off the perfect crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Guy Madison ... Al Mercer

Kim Novak ... Kay Greylek

Brian Keith ... Brick

Alvy Moore ... Roy

Kerwin Mathews ... Ronnie

William Conrad ... Eric Berg
Jack Dimond ... Francis Spiegelbauer
Jean Willes ... Virginia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adelle August ... Bit (uncredited)
George Brand ... Jack Roper (uncredited)
Thom Carney ... Young Guard (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Cop (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Casino Guard (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Robbery Suspect (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Jean, Young Woman in Nightclub (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Police Lt. Anderson (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer ... Kay Greylek (singing voice) (uncredited)
Geraldine Hall ... Cashier (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Brad Lacey (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Lift Operator (uncredited)
John Larch ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Jana Mason ... Bit (uncredited)
Carroll McComas ... Mrs. Valent (uncredited)
Don Oreck ... Young Man (uncredited)
Robert Sampson ... Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Pat Winters (uncredited)
Robert F. Simon ... Old Guard (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Girl (uncredited)
John Zaremba ... Robert Fenton (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
William Bowers (screenplay) &
John Barnwell (screenplay)

Jack Finney (magazine story)

Frank Tashlin  uncredited

Produced by
Helen Ainsworth .... associate producer
John Barnwell .... producer
Stirling Silliphant .... producer
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Lester White (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Harry Smith .... sound
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Jo Ann Greer sang "Life of the Party" for Kim Novak and two years later dubbed her co-star, Rita Hayworth, in Pal Joey (1957).See more »
Factual errors: En route to Reno while riding in house trailer, thieves put on gloves and begin wiping down interior so their fingerprints can't be traced, but in following scenes, before they've reached destination, are no longer wearing gloves and are touching everything.See more »
Brick:[to a sexy woman who is gambling] I'm a stranger in town. Can you direct me to your house?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Graduate (1967)See more »
I Went Out of My WaySee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Robbery In Reno, 12 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

5 Against The House is a stylish noir caper film that involves four Korean War Veterans and the girl friend of one of them in a heist against a Reno casino. It was directed by Phil Karlson and while it's a bit slow in developing when the action starts, it builds up to a good climax.

The four veterans are Guy Madison, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Matthews, and Brian Keith. They're in college on the GI Bill of Rights and being a bit older than the other students there and with a shared wartime bonding, they kind of keep to themselves.

After a night in Reno where they overhear an arresting cop with a suspect who tried to rob Harold's club there saying how impossible it was. That gives Kerwin Matthews who's the genius of the group an idea to plan the perfect crime.

The others mean it as a prank to give the money back, but Keith is not a well man having spent some time in the psycho ward at the Veteran's Administration. He means to keep the money and he brings a long a pistol to enforce his argument.

It's hard for Madison to say no to Keith, he saved his life in Korea. But Madison who is also romantically involved with Kim Novak resents her being roped in on the scheme.

Best in the film is Brian Keith who does a very good job in suggesting a fundamentally decent man who's been unhinged by his wartime experiences. You have to understand that in order to understand why the film ended as it did.

Novak looks fetching and lovely as always and gets a couple of inconsequential songs to sing, no doubt dubbed as they were in Pal Joey.

5 Against The House did no harm to any of the careers among the cast here. Especially that of Kim Novak who was being prepped to take Rita Hayworth's spot as Columbia Picture's new sex goddess.

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