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Man in the Vault (1956)

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A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery.

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Tommy Dancer
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Betty Turner
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Flo Randall
Berry Kroeger ...
Willis Trent (as Berry Kroger)
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Herbie
James Seay ...
Paul De Camp
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Louie
Robert Keys ...
Earl Farraday
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Trent's Girl Friend
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Pedro (as Gonzales Gonzales)
Vivianne Lloyd ...
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There's $200,000 in a Los Angeles safety-deposit box that mobster Willis Trent would like to have, so he gets two-timing, double-dealing Flo Randall to get the box number for him. He offers locksmith Tommy Dancer $5,000 to make the key but Tommy refuses. Trent threatens to harm Tommy's girl friend, Betty Turner, and Tommy gives in and goes to the bank. In a few nerve-racking minutes, Tommy makes the key and pockets the $200,000 for himself. Trent sends word that he has kidnapped Betty and the ransom is $200,000. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Forced into crime to save the girl he loved

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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12 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

There really was a Grover's Lock and Key on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. Apparently, it was easier to use the existing storefront than create a phony one for the movie. See more »

Goofs

From one angle, a dead man in a car has his head tilted to his right. In another angle, the head is clearly tilted to the left. See more »

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Veteran heavy Berry Kroeger had his name misspelled in the main credits as "Berry Kroger." See more »

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References You Bet Your Life (1950) See more »

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Let The Chips Fall Where They May
Written by Dunham Vars and Henry Vars
Sung by Vivianne Lloyd
sung just after Tony unlocks the trunk
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Cheap little flick
27 March 2007 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

If "Man in the Vault" was made today it would go straight to the video. In the old days it was probably shown as a first feature before the real thing. I am a big fan of the film - noir movies. The dark atmosphere, sharply drawn characters, daring look at the humankind and of course' some of the greatest stars of all times. This little flick has none of the above. It looks extremely cheap and tawdry, the acting belongs to the Ed Wood school of movie making( especially William Campbell who is absolutely frightful), there is no sense of humor or snappy dialog. Even my penchant for nostalgia doesn't hide the fact that this is, sadly a dreadful little picture.


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