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Man in the Vault (1956)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  12 December 1956 (USA)
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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
Nancy Duke ...
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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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

When Trent and Louie enter Tommy's apartment to offer him the deal, there is a newspaper under the stole that Betty left the night before. After they leave and Tommy retrieves the stole, the newspaper has mysteriously vanished. 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 »

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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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atmospheric 50's "B" crime-noir
12 June 2006 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

I had an old fuzzy copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy of a TV broadcast of this 1956 crime-noir B programmer, but now that there's a new letter-boxed DVD out, I threw the old tape away and can finally enjoy this film for what it is: a solid "b" crime film with good performances, good pacing, and great Los Angeles location photography. The under-rated William Campbell plays an average guy working as a locksmith, who is approached by a gangster who wants to break into a safe deposit box. Campbell, like most people probably, initially tries to be polite, but turns down the offer. Gangsters don't like being turned down, so one can imagine where the plot goes. There's a woman involved, a shady lawyer, another gangster who has gone legit, Mike Mazurki as an ex-boxer turned enforcer, and the comedy of Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (a regular in Batjac Productions of this era). The main female role is played (well) by Karen Sharpe, who hails from here in San Antonio! Anita Ekberg is in a small role as the girlfriend of James Seay's character, the owner of the safe deposit box. Ekberg is not really given much to do. The film, an early directorial credit of Andrew V. McLaglen. legendary director of many classic westerns and action films, is very well-paced and has amazing location photography of 1950's Los Angeles. A few key scenes take place in a bowling alley, actually Art Linkletter's La Cienega Lanes, which is of great documentary value in itself. Wait until you see the climax inside the bowling alley! This probably deserves a "7" rating, but I'll give it one star more for the nice widescreen transfer on the DVD and the great location photography. This plays a lot like an Allied Artists low-budget 50's crime film, and for me that is a high compliment. Check it out...


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