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Man in the Vault (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 December 1956 (USA)
A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery.

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Cast

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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
Nancy Duke ...
Trent's Girl Friend
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Pedro (as Gonzales Gonzales)
Vivianne Lloyd ...
Singer
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Storyline

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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Der Mann in der Gruft  »

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Trivia

At the end of his first scene with Tommy, Pedro mentions he will appear on the TV show "You Bet Your Life". Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who plays Pedro, actually appeared as a contestant on "You Bet Your Life" in 1953. This appearance led directly to his acting career as it caught the attention of John Wayne and his production company Batjac which signed him to a contract and also produced this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy comes out of the bank the second time and gets in his car, the sound of the engine starting and the transmission being shifted occur even though he has visibly not performed those actions yet. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

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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Suspenseful, but confusing low budget thriller.

Tommy Dancer is a locksmith whose skills do not go unnoticed by mobster Willis Trent. Trent wants Tommy to get into the safe deposit box of a rival mobster. Tommy refuses, despite being offered $5000 and later being roughed up by one of Trents goons. Tommy agrees when he his tipped off by one Trents men that the box contains $200,000 in cash. Tommy decides to go along with the plan, and keep the 200 grand for himself and run off with Trents moll, whom he has fallen in love with.

MAN IN THE VAULT is standard low budget crime thriller from the period made enjoyable by the presence of Berry Kroeger, Paul Fix and Mike Marsurki. William Campbell gives a good performance as Tommy. There are some good moments of suspense, but things get a bit confusing toward the end.


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