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Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 June 1950 (USA)
A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles McGraw ... Lt. Jim Cordell
Adele Jergens ... Yvonne LeDoux
William Talman ... Dave Purvis
Douglas Fowley ... Benny McBride
Steve Brodie ... Al Mapes
Don McGuire ... Detective Danny Ryan
Don Haggerty ... Detective Cuyler
James Flavin ... Police Lt. Phillips
Gene Evans ... William 'Ace' Foster
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Storyline

Dave Purvis takes pride in being unknown to the law, though famed among fellow crooks as a planner He plots a holdup in meticulous detail; but things go wrong, a cop and two robbers are killed, and Purvis hides out with the money while Lieut. Cordell, friend of the dead cop, investigates. Purvis's new getaway plan shows promise, but may have one tiny flaw. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE STICK-UP THAT STUNNED THE NATION!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code 3-A See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Anne Nagel. See more »

Goofs

When the Tower notices another plane coming in for a landing on the main runway; the private plane was warned to pull up. But the private plane was still on the ground and not in the take-off stage. It was just taxiing and then it stopped, therefore, it made no sense for the air controller to tell the plane to pull up. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: [On the phone] We hit pay dirt. The gal in question is Yvonne LeDoux, a bur-le-q queen workin' out of the Bijou Theater, but that's not all. She's also the widow of the late Benny McBride'
Lt. Jim Cordell: Benny's wife, huh?
Ryan: You should see her workin' clothes Imagine a dish like this married to a mug like Benny McBride... the naked and the dead.
Lt. Jim Cordell: Very funny.
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Soundtracks

I'm Bound For Nothing But Love
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Mort Greene
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Ballpark Heist
6 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Armored Car Robbery in the no frills style of noir that characterized RKO Studios is the story of just that. The execution and then police investigation of the robbery is subject of this film. It plays like an episode of Criminal Intent with the action shifting back and forth from the cops as represented by Charles McGraw and the crooks headed by William Talman.

He's quite a piece of work in this film, Talman. He's proud of the fact that he's never even been pinched for anything, hence he's not on anyone's radar. His three accomplices, Steve Brodie, Gene Evans, and Douglas Fowley can't say that however.

Also in the mix is the high maintenance stripper wife of the luckless Fowley. That would be Adele Jergens who split these kind of parts with Marie Windsor. Jergens has been trading up and Fowley would like to get the guy she's been cheating on him with. He doesn't have a clue that it's Talman.

The Armored Car Robbery takes place in front of Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, it's the last stop on the route. That Wrigley Field was also named for the same guy who owned the Chicago Cubs and was the home of the Triple A Los Angeles Angels franchise of the Pacific Coast League. It's gone now, but just like the friendly confines in Chicago, LA's Wrigley Field was situated in a residential neighborhood as you see in the film.

The robbery is successful, but Fowley is wounded and McGraw's partner is killed. Then the tension builds. McGraw is tough and smart, but Talman is ruthless and no fool. It all ends in quite a nice shootout climax.

Like last year's The Town which also featured a robbery of a ballpark, Armored Car Robbery doesn't quite have that film's budget. But RKO studios specialized in getting these kind of films done right and tight. Armored Car Robbery is a great example of what this studio specialized in.


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