A pair of hoodlums steal a car in which there is a note - a ransom letter - directed to a wealthy man whose daughter has just been kidnapped. The two gangsters stole the abductor's car and ...
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A pair of hoodlums steal a car in which there is a note - a ransom letter - directed to a wealthy man whose daughter has just been kidnapped. The two gangsters stole the abductor's car and when they find the note, they decide to take advantage of the situation and collect the money.
"The Rivals" (1963) is a reasonably taut and complex crime story in the "Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" series. It held my attention, despite a cast mostly unknown to me. My only reservation on first seeing it was the ending, but upon reflection I can see matters being wrapped up as is shown in the story.
The story opens with three crooks in a car, about to heist an automobile in the suburbs. The driver is a blonde, and the other two are young male thieves who are the car theft racket. The owner of the car, another young woman, comes out to find it stolen. She re-enters her home and we now see that she's part of a kidnap gang of three other men. They've kidnapped the daughter of a wealthy guy with whom the woman is associated. The kidnappers were about to make their demands, which are in a package in the car that contains the daughter's hat. But the car thieves discover this and, after some conflict, decide to substitute themselves for the actual kidnappers and collect the ransom. Meanwhile the kidnappers are not asleep. They begin to search the underworld to find a chop shop that took the stolen car.
The movie is notable for the conflicts occurring within the two gangs and the different levels of criminality within each.
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