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Man in the Vault -- A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery.


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Burt Kennedy (screenplay)
Frank Gruber (novel)
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Release Date:
12 December 1956 (USA) See more »
Forced into crime to save the girl he loved
A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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atmospheric 50's "B" crime-noir See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
Other crew
Catalina Lawrence .... script supervisor
Albert Podlansky .... assistant to producer (as Albert Podlasky)

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
References "You Bet Your Life" (1950)See more »
Let The Chips Fall Where They MaySee more »


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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
atmospheric 50's "B" crime-noir, 12 June 2006
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

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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