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Plunder Road (1957)

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

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5 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Camino del oro  »

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A calendar in the gas station where the attendant gets shot, displays "July 1957." The film was released that fall. See more »

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When the Cadillac is heading on the freeway to the final destination, the six passports of all involved, are pulled out, but the three characters in the car know that the other three are either dead or caught. Why would they be carrying those extra three unnecessary passports at this point? Since they have just stated that the clothing worn before - including the work gear from the foundry have been burned, it would be assumed that those unneeded passports be burned also as they would be useless at this point, and connect them to the others. They state that they will ditch the passports later upon destination. Coming to a traffic jam, they are stuck with the passports, but no mention is made of this if police do a search of cars and trucks: the two men captured at the weigh-in stop could have snitched on the others identities, and they would not be able to toss the passports in heavy daylight traffic. See more »

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An Odd-But-Interesting Film Noir
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another of those "Poverty Row" film noirs, a crime movie made on a low budget but yet decently acted and certainly entertaining.

Gene Raymond and Elisha Cook Jr. are known actors to classic film buffs but the rest of the cast may not be too familiar. There is no one star in this film anyway but all give good performances, particularly Raymond, the most interesting member of the gang.

The weak link of the film, at least to me, was the ending...but I give it points for originality. Overall, the story was a simple one, but oddly told. I say that because the important things that happened in the film (the arrests of the criminals, for one thing) would be glossed over quickly while minor things would be detailed longer than necessary. Despite that, the film was interesting thanks to good dialog, realism on the part of the characters and the short running time (73 minutes). Hope to see it on DVD some day.


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