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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 Reno 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)

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Fillm debut of Kerwin Mathews.See more »
Errors in geography: In the convertible on the way back to college from Reno, Roy comments that they are "in Kansas somewhere" (with "300 miles to go") but the mountains in the projected background are too way close for that.See more »
Kay Greylek:Al, I grew up in this town. I've been dating college boys since I was old enough to be noticed by them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Graduate (1967)See more »
I Went Out of My WaySee more »


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He has a system you know !, 19 May 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Four college buddies are out in a Reno casino when they mistakenly almost get arrested for a failed robbery. Upon proving their innocence, they hear a cop saying that robbing this particular casino is nigh on impossible. This gets young Ronnie thinking that it actually can be done, and sure enough he comes up with a fool proof plan that should be played out as a joke robbery. But after letting his pals in on the plan, one of them, Brick, an ex army loose cannon, wants to do it for real.

There are many good things about this Phil Karlson directed picture, things that made me particularly glad I paid no attention to its meagre rating on the IMDb and watched it with no expectation. The cast is very strong, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, a young pre swash buckling Kerwin Mathews and a sultry and gorgeous Kim Novak in only her second credited role. Location work at Lake Tahoe is easy on the eye and the story from John Barnwell {adapting from Jack Finney's novel} is a good one, with a kicker of an idea in how to rob a casino.

I think that newcomers to the film should prepare for a more offbeat picture than what the plot synopsis hints at. It's certainly got its tense moments, courtesy in the main from Keith's borderline psycho Brick, but it's practically a talky picture with flecks of humour right up to the finale, where it all comes together without histrionics or fanfare. Phil Karlson, with the awesome Scandal Sheet on his CV, appeared on the face of it to be a good choice to direct, but although he has done crime/adventure/romance films very well before, blending those genres into one film was asking a bit too much. It's not bad directing, it's just an odd fusion that never really comes off, and it possibly stops the film from breaking out to a bigger, more, appreciative audience. Karlson remains, tho, a director well worth reappraisals because he has some excellent credits on his CV that are well worth checking out.

Still, it's an oddity of sorts, and tagging it as a Noir picture is a bit of a stretch, but this is one that's definitely recommended for its pluses that do indeed far outweigh its minuses. 7/10

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