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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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Roy Earle / Roy Collins
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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 man of a thousand lives...and a crime in every one ! See more »


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9 November 1955 (USA)  »

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A Handful of Clouds  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. has a supporting role. His father Lon Chaney Sr. was often referred to as "The Man Of A Thousand Faces". 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 Zodiac (2007) See more »

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Asphalt Jungle meets Lassie
21 July 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Nobody could match Jack Palance as a fearsome heavy and here, playing a freshly sprung ex-con lead bank robber, his authority over a couple of "punks" - junior gang members - including later-to-be star heavy in his own right, Lee Marvin, is powerful and utterly convincing. Nice details early on such as when presumptuous Marvin attempts to grab at the plan for the caper and 6'4" Palance without a word or look just brushes him aside with a sweep of the arm promises much - but little ultimately is delivered. Enter "Pard" the mongrel mutt to the accompaniment then and later of cutesy music. The furry friendly creature, loyal to the last, refuses to budge from the screen to the very end - unfortunately.

This seemed symptomatic of the movie's uncertain tone - veering from tough as nails crime caper to family fare. Who was to blame? Was it Palance who possessed a face and physique that uniquely qualified him to be the ultimate brute always wanting to demonstrate a reassuring sensitive thoughtful side?


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