Hoodlum Jack Martin is on the lam and robs a small town bank which brings the local cops and local crime boss into the mix.

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Jack Martin
Carol Grace ...
Carol Logan, Librarian
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Earl J. Dawson
Garry Walberg ...
Adolph (as Gerrett Wallberg)
Raikin Ben-Ari ...
'Plumber' a Hood (as Raiken BenAri)
David Leonard ...
Bank President W. Palmer
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Clegg Hoyt ...
Caretaker at Country Club (as Clegg Hoit)
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Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who's outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Carol Grace, the female lead in this film, was Walter Matthau's wife; they had only recently been married when this film was shot (they remained married until his death in 2000). She was the former wife of writer William Saroyan. See more »

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The Itch for Scratch
Music by Leonard Barr
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Low-budget Walt
25 January 2007 | by (canton, ohio) – See all my reviews

The immediate opening of the subject flick tells you the film was made on a shoelace budget. The film quality is so bad you might think it came from the silent era, that is, until you see the 1950's cars and hear the corny but semi-bluesy/cool theme song. Some of the action scenes are so campy and poorly shot that it almost comes across that Mr. Matthau is being intentionally sarcastic, trying to elicit some sardonic laughter from the viewers.

But that's where I end my "Knocks". It's a terse, minimalistic melodrama that has a late 50's familiar story-line, but has an interestingly darker edge to it, as evidenced by the sequences of troubles he (Matthau) gets himself into. Also, his relationship with his love interest has a somewhat fresh developmental approach, aligned with the familiar Matthau coy sense of humor. As that relationship develops toward the conclusion of the film, you get a more solid feel of the real relationship evolving between the two lovers. To see how it all works out, check out the movie: it's worth the mere hour and 17 minutes!


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