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A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Fowler
Crahan Denton ...
John Egan
James Dukas ...
Molly McCarthy ...
Martha Gable ...
Eddie's Wife
Larry Gerst ...
Boyd Williams ...
W.H. Dalton - Bank Officer
Frank Novotny ...
Pat - Ann's Boyfriend
Nell Roberts ...
Salvation Army Woman
Police Dispatcher
May Kohn ...
Bank Cashier
Jay Elliot ...
Car Salesman
Robert Klauss ...
Phone Repairman
Barney Barnett ...


George Fowler is drawn into a gang planning to rob a bank in St. Louis that they expect will have a $100,000 on hand on an upcoming Friday. George is drawn into the plan as the gang's driver by Gino, an old girlfriend's older brother. As the gang goes about its planning, George and Gino have to find a way to live for the next two weeks and they turn to Gino's sister, Ann, for help. George is hoping to go back to college and the money he would make would go a long way to helping him do that. Not trusting George to keep his nerve, the gang's leader John Egan moves him to the inside, but the robbery doesn't go off as planned. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 September 1959 (USA)  »

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Great little film-noir
18 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taut, well directed heist film featuring a very young Steve McQueen as the getaway driver in a bank robbery. Well cast, well acted, well shot and well edited. Don't miss this one and do yourself a favor and ignore anybody who tells you this isn't a good film because they don't know what they're talking about. I've seen a lot of film noir and I put this one right up there with " The Killing".

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