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Plunder Road (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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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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
Helene Heigh ...
Society Woman
Paul Harber ...
Trooper No. 1
Don Garrett ...
Policeman
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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 | Drama | Film-Noir

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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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Eddie Harris: [Commando and Frankie laugh after pulling off the heist] Before we start congratulating ourselves let's remember we've still got 900 miles to go, 900 miles to every cop between here and the coast, and you laugh it up like a couple of clowns.
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Plunder Road offers decent ride.
26 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

It's a dark and stormy night as five men pull off a daring train robbery of 10 million in gold. Led by the stoic Eddie Harris (Gene Raymond) they split the steal in three and head for LA to melt it down. Two of the transports are intercepted but the third reaches it's destination and is in the process of blowing town through an ingenious method (I believe later employed on the first show of Mission Impossible) when the LA Freeway interrupts.

Plunder Road may well have been an ideal B in its day with its stripped down (72 minutes) pace and crosscutting between the divided mob. After taking in the better budgeted denser A pic this heist film immediately cut to the chase allowing the movie goer to exhale. Director Hubert Cornfield (Night of the Following Day) does not dally long with personality and character development as he expeditiously leaves them to their thoughts and the fact that they are all in for a huge payday.

30s matinée idol Gene Raymond registers as the taciturn ringleader who lightens up once he feels he's in the clear. Chester Morris, Elisha Cook, Steven Ritch and Stafford Repp as societal marginals born to lose adequately deliver with few words.

Cinematographer Ernie Haller gives the picture a good look while Irving Gert's music is a heavy handed brass attack that overwhelms in tense moments.

Plunder Road does have some pot holes but it remains well paced with relatively benign criminals that has us feeling like the waitress in the diner who hopes in some way that they get away with it.


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