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Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.



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Cast overview:
Shelley Martin
Richard Egan ...
Boyd Fairchild
Stephen McNally ...
Harper (bank robber)
Virginia Leith ...
Linda Sherman
Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
Dill, Bank Robber
Margaret Hayes ...
Mrs. Emily Fairchild
Elsie Braden
Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ...
Helen Martin
Steve Martin
Gil Clayton


A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The day all Hell broke loose !


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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les inconnus dans la ville  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$955,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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It's the first Twentieth Century-Fox feature produced by Buddy Adler, shortly before he replaced Darryl F. Zanuck as studio head of production in 1956. See more »


Bobby Martin: [while bank is being robbed] Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Chapman, Bank Robber: C'mere kid. C'mere!
[offers candy]
Chapman, Bank Robber: Stick these in your kisser and go suck on 'em. Now go back to your mother.
Chapman, Bank Robber: Thank you!
Chapman, Bank Robber: You're welcome.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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An excellent little picture, smart and menacing...
20 September 2001 | by (Newcastle) – See all my reviews

This is a gem, an excellent little picture, smart and menacing. If you're a fan of '50's pictures, particularly crime melodramas then this is a must-see. The plot is simple. A small town is visited by three hoods (Stephen McNally,Lee Marvin,J.Carroll Naish) intent on holding up the bank. The film revolves around their plans and folowing the lives of the townsfolk, who, oblivious to the villains in their midst, go about their mundane, everyday problematic lives until the saturday the two worlds collide. Richard Fleischer made an excellent job of this potboiler,which manages to sustain the tension managed in more celebrated films(High Noon) as the villains arrange their plot to rob the town. There's a stellar cast on display, McNally, Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Sylvia Sidney and even the normally lifeless performances given by the film's principal, Victor Mature, doesn't happen in this case. It's shot in terrific colour and has a genuine air of small town claustrophobia and menace. Check it out.

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