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Man in the Vault
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Burt Kennedy (screenplay)
Frank Gruber (novel)
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Release Date:
12 December 1956 (USA) See more »
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Forced into crime to save the girl he loved
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A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Suspenseful, but confusing low budget thriller. See more (9 total) »

Cast

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William Campbell ... Tommy Dancer

Karen Sharpe ... Betty Turner

Anita Ekberg ... Flo Randall
Berry Kroeger ... Willis Trent (as Berry Kroger)

Paul Fix ... Herbie
James Seay ... Paul De Camp

Mike Mazurki ... Louie
Robert Keys ... Earl Farraday
Nancy Duke ... Trent's Girl Friend

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Pedro (as Gonzales Gonzales)
Vivianne Lloyd ... Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Mr. Grover - the Locksmith (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Andy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
 
Writing credits
Burt Kennedy (screenplay)

Frank Gruber (novel "The Lock and the Key")

Produced by
Robert E. Morrison .... producer
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Henry Vars 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Web Overlander .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Morrison .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Victor B. Appel .... sound (as Victor Appel)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Esther Krebs .... wardrobe
Carl Walker .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Everett Sutherland .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Henry Vars .... conductor
 
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Catalina Lawrence .... script supervisor
Albert Podlansky .... assistant to producer (as Albert Podlasky)
 

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73 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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 »
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Crew or equipment visible: At about 68 minutes, when Pedro opens a glass door to leave the bowling alley, the cameraman and a director are clearly reflected in the glass door.See more »
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References "You Bet Your Life" (1950)See more »
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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Suspenseful, but confusing low budget thriller., 26 January 2002

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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