Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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Nat Harbin
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Gladden
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Della
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Baylock
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Dohmer
Wendell K. Phillips ...
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Phoebe Mackay ...
Sister Sara
Stewart Bradley ...
Charlie
John Facenda ...
News Commentator
Sam Elber ...
Gerald
Frank Hall ...
News Reporter
Bob Wilson ...
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Steve Allison ...
State Trooper
Richard Emery ...
Harbin as a Child
Andrea McLaughlin ...
Gladden as a Child
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Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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A trail of perfume...and violence!


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June 1957 (USA)  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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At the beginning of the film, Dan Duryea is shown leaving a movie theater where the movie Utopia (1951) (under its 1954 American release title "Utopia") starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is displayed on the marquee. See more »

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The 1951 Chevy driven by Nat Harbin is described as "light gray" over the police radio and in the teletype voice-over, yet the description on the teletype reads that the car is "green." See more »

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Decent Effort, but Spotty Results
21 June 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Three burglars steal a valuable necklace before encountering the proverbial web of deceit.

The movie's a highly uneven work, reminding me as much of Kubrick's The Killing (1956) as the arty flashes of Welles and others. Clearly director Wendkos is reaching for an artistic style, but unlike Kubrick, Wendkos imitates more than he originates. Plus he's working with a ham-handed screenplay that lacks the clarity and flow of Kubrick's classic racetrack caper. Unfortunately, the narrative here tends to stumble along rather than evolve. For example, note the holes in just how the crooked cop puts his operation together, and how he knows as much as he knows. Nonetheless, the opening ten minutes covering the jewel theft is very effective, showing real promise. But the fluidity soon lapses.

On a lighter note, I can't help but notice (like another reviewer) Mansfield's unusually bushy eyebrows that undercut her good looks. I'm wondering if they were natural and later pared back by a studio make-over or whether they resulted here from a myopic make-up man. In fact, without all the studio glamorizing of later years, I hardly recognized her.

Anyway, for all its shortcomings, the movie remains a generally interesting curiosity that also affirms an unusual moral. Namely, that there can be more honor among thieves than among cops. Something Kubrick also knew.


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