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I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 November 1955 (USA)
When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.

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During the 1950s California aging bank robber Roy "Mad Dog" Earle is pardoned after 8 years in prison.Once out of prison, Roy,at the request of his crime boss "Big Mac",decides to pull one more heist before retiring.His target is a fancy mountain resort hotel where employee Louis Mendoza is Roy's "inside man".Roy Earle's team of robbers include hotheaded Babe,Red and dance-hall girl Marie.Marie falls for Roy but he only thinks of innocent young girl Velma whom he recently met.Velma has a slight foot handicap and smitten Roy plans to pay for her foot surgery with his share of the loot.Unfortunately,the robbery doesn't go as planned. Written by nufs68

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The Story Behind The Terrifying 60-Day Hunt For Desperado 'Mad-Dog' Earle! See more »


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9 November 1955 (USA)  »

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A Handful of Clouds  »

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Dennis Hopper makes an early acting appearance as the boy that Shelley Winters dances with at the house party in L.A. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the picture, when the cops are chasing Jack Palance in their cars and motorcycles to the mountains, the following mistakes can easily be seen. Watch the two motorbikes cops as they approach a bridge. Before crossing the bridge, one of the cops comes off his bike; parts of the bike can be seen flying, as indeed so does the cop. The next shot they are all chasing Jack's car as if nothing happened. Later as they approach a slippery bend, a cop again comes off his motorcycle, blocking the chase. Seconds later they are all seen still chasing the villain. See more »

Quotes

Big Mac: [Pouring a drink] It's like the doc says... if i don't lay off this stuff, it's gonna knock ME off, but I'm gonna die anyway.
[laughs]
Big Mac: So are you.
[Distainfully]
Big Mac: So what? Nobody ever left this world alive.
[Holding up his glass]
Big Mac: To you, Roy!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 27 November 1955 (1955) See more »

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Palance climbs the High Sierra
31 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Unless you count the western version of this story that Warner Brothers did with Joel McCrea in 1948 entitled Colorado Territory, I Died A Thousand Times is the second version and updated remake of Humphrey Bogart's classic High Sierra. Whole scenes are lifted word for word and other than a bow to the updated technology of the Fifties, like the use of helicopter by law enforcement in the final shootout.

If you are a fan of Bogey than you know exactly how this is all going to end. Jack Palance is a stellar substitute for Bogart and in the Ida Lupino part steps Shelley Winters as the hard luck girl brought along by Palance's two confederates Lee Marvin and Earl Holliman who attachs herself to Palance. Unfortunately Palance realizes too late that Winters is who he is meant for.

Ironically Palance as the star here would in 16 years in Monte Walsh wind up in support of Lee Marvin as their box office positions had changed considerably.

Warner Brothers didn't water down this remake an iota right down to the casting of bit players. And a good bonus is the color cinematography. Fans of the original will not be disappointed.


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