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As a train speeds through the Arizona night, a man posing as a physician holds up the baggage-car crew and escapes with a $500,000 payroll. The fake doctor, Paul Bruckner, leaves the train with his "patient" and the "patient's wife", who is really Bruckner's wife Linda. The insurance company puts its best investigator, Charlie Norman, on the case to work with the railroad's investigator, Joe Armstrong. The men are friends and Joe is upset that Charlie and his wife, Ruth, will have to postpone their Mexico vacation. Charlie's concern goes beyond the spoiled vacation as he was the brains behind the holdup, who had fallen in love with Linda several months earlier while investigating a claim Bruckner had filed against his insurance company. At first, Joe is unable to find anything out about the flawlessly timetable planning for the robbery other than what Charlie wants him to find out. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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With All The Terror Of A Time Bomb!

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The aircraft in the scene where Joe and Charlie go to the airport is a 1940 Waco UPF-7, tail number N30107. About 600 were built between 1937 and 1942. Many were used as trainers during WWII. As of 2016 this plane's registration is still active, possibly indicating it is still flying. See more »

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At the end of the film, when Joe shoots Charlie, he fires way to the left of Charlie. There is no way that his bullet would have hit Charlie with that aim. See more »

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Salud, Felicidad y Amor
Music by Walter Scharf
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"The house becomes a prison and the job a trap."
23 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Budget Restraints might Hold Back this B-Movie, Independently Produced, Directed, and Starring Mark Stevens, it Nevertheless makes its "Mark" as an Interesting Cheapie.

With a Good Script and Pithy Noir Dialog..."For me patience is poison.", this Little Movie, now in the "Public Domain", has been virtually Forgotten, although it is Shown on TCM but is need of Restoration if possible. It is too Good to be Lost in the Ether.

The aforementioned Budget Restrictions do Draw Attention at times with a number of Scenes Staged in Small Rooms with the Camera Stationary. However, Director Stevens does the Best He Can with Dutch Angles and Artsy Camera Placements. He even seems to Know that it doesn't Hurt to amp up the Style with some Striking Shadows on the Wall.

The "Perfect Crime" Thread throughout the proceedings is a Cliché that is Hammered Home a bit too much (even with a poster shout out), it is given a Blackboard and Eraser (a fitting low budget tool) that Fills the Frame at times, to illustrate the Investigator's Chops, learned We are told , from His Father.

Family, the Nuclear Family, is at the Center of Motivation here and it is most Relevant, because by this Time, 1956, the Eisenhower Eras American Dream and White Picket Fence Mentality had become a Reality for the Film-Noir Discontents.

War Veterans who Found Themselves uncomfortably roped like Wild Animals plucked from the Battlefields and placed on Display in Suburbia for all to Rubberneck. The House Indeed became a Prison and the Job a Trap. The White Picket Fence was the Clanking of a Cage Door. The Nightmares Begin for those on Display in Film-Noir.


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