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Louis Vittes (written by) and
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Release Date:
28 June 1959 (USA) See more »
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Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks. | Full synopsis »
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Gregg Palmer ... John Mapes
Kathleen Crowley ... Jeanne Mapes

Edward Platt ... Mr. Tucker / Mr. T
John Lupton ... Ray Miller
Don Sullivan ... George Leland
Vikki Dougan ... Karen, the Waitress

Ned Glass ... Sidney Horner
Robert Shayne ... Lt. Cassidy
Collette Lyons ... Rita Leland
Gene Roth ... Conductor, New York Train

I. Stanford Jolley ... King Invader, Beat Poet
Barbara Drew ... Mrs. Packard
Gloria Moreland ... Bali Dancer
Robert Nash
Peter Brian
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Cop Boarding Train
Byron Foulger ... Conductor, Chicago Train
Grace Field ... Train Gossip
Eddie Foster
Cecil Elliott ... Train Gossip
Michael Ross ... Reporter
Smoki Whitfield ... Train Porter
Carey Loftin
Bobby Gilbert ... Store Clerk
Craig Duncan ... Policeman in Armored Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Close ... Police Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Writing credits
Louis Vittes (written by) (as Lou Vittes) and
Bernard Girard (written by)

Produced by
Phil G. Giriodi .... associate producer
J. William Hayes .... executive producer
Kenneth Kessler .... supervising producer
Earle Lyon .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Kessler .... assistant director
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
Sound Department
Clarence Peterson .... sound
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Harry Eisen .... music track editor

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72 min
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Daring, inventive, nobody's idea of a good movie, 24 December 2010
Author: arcadiasfan from United States

Karl Struss, cinematographer for late director of film noir Fritz Lang (While the City Sleeps) and the silent Ben Hur did the excellent photography on this film. The dark shadows and low angles add quite a bit of tension to the situation. I love the way the dark forces of greed take hold of three goof-ball beatniks(Sullivan, Lupton, and Palmer) who can't pay their coffee house bill. Anyone who has studied Faust would recognize Tucker (Ed Platt) as a Dr. Faustus-like character, and Sydney(Ned Glass) as his assistant like Mephistoles. They convince the three beatniks to sell their souls for $200,000 each if they participate in an armored car robbery. The bold physical chase scene at the railroad tracks and the stunt work involved was really top notch. It really grabs me every time I see Johnny try to confess his part in the robbery to the detective, but the gumshoe really thinks he did the murder, so he takes a chair, breaks a train window and leaps out. It's possible this mimicked "Rebel" James Dean's movie, East of Eden, where virtuous Aaron (Richard Davalos) is so heartbroken and drunk on a troop train that he breaks through the window with his head, while Cal (Dean), Abra and her father watch, horrified. Dean was dead three years when Rebel Set was filmed.

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