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Plunder Road (1957)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Drama  |  5 December 1957 (USA)
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On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a 10,000,000 dollar, nine-ton gold shipment. Dividing the massive haul into three concealed ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ...
Eddie Harris
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Fran Werner
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Commando Munson
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Skeets Jonas
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Roly Adams
Steven Ritch ...
Frankie Chardo
Naura Hayden ...
Hazel (as Nora Hayden)
Helene Heigh ...
Society Woman
Paul Harber ...
Trooper No. 1
Don Garrett ...
Policeman
Michael Fox ...
Smog Officer / Narrator
Richard Newton ...
Guard No. 2
Charles J. Conrad ...
Trooper No. 2 (as Charles Conrad)
Jim Canino ...
Tibbs
Robin Riley ...
Don
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On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a 10,000,000 dollar, nine-ton gold shipment. Dividing the massive haul into three concealed truck loads, the team (only one of them a professional thief) make a would-be inconspicuous escape across country to what they hope will be a perfect getaway... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Camino del oro  »

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Gene Raymond's gang executes a gold theft and heads for LA in three trucks
10 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Plunder Road" is now available in a widescreen (regalscope) version. This helps capture both the trucks and the men in the cabs who have stolen a big gold shipment from a train in the movie's opening sequence. The movie emphasizes both the machines necessary to carry out this feat, because of the gold's weight, and the men who challenge themselves and the system with this robbery. The 5 men are assisted in the closing sequences by Jeanne Cooper, so that in its lead roles at least this is not entirely a male-dominated film.

The planner of the robbery is an amateur played by Gene Raymond. He's tough and detailed, but it's impossible to be perfect and to cope with his gang's possible errors, human emotions and accidents of fate. Raymond is a man in control of himself.

After the robbery in Utah, they split up into 3 different kinds of trucks and head for a foundry in LA. It's a long drive and they need to get past a dragnet on the highways. Elisha Cook and Wayne Morris are one team. Their maturity as actors is a treat. Elisha's discourse on going to Rio is delivered beautifully. Morris's more laconic heavy is nonetheless effective. They play hardened criminals. Expect some cold-blooded violence.

The picture is movement, machines, rain and then sunshine, hopes, dreams, self-control and nervousness. The men all have different feelings about this heist and come from different backgrounds. The unfolding of the story after the robbery is on the low-key side. This director, Hubert Cornfield, gives us a subdued tension rather than a highly dramatic treatment. It is kind of a low-key realism.

The script gives us fallible men. It is not always external fate or happenstances that intervene. Men themselves also shape their own fates.


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