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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!


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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 »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There was a Wrigley Field in Los Angeles until 1967 that served minor league teams. See more »

Quotes

Dave Purvis: Well, here's to money!
Yvonne LeDoux: And time to spend it!
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Featured in Palookaville (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Bound For Nothing But Love
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Mort Greene
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Another Fleischer Film Noir Gem
23 December 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Wow, this was a neat little film, far better than I had hoped. I don't tape many shows on TV, but this was one I'm sure glad I did, especially since it is not available on VHS or DVD.

I say "little" film because it's only 67 minutes long. Richard Fleischer, who directed THE NARROW MARGIN (1952), another short and fast-moving crime story, directed this movie, too, and you can see some similarities. The major similarity is how fast-paced these films are. Another is the presence of one of the best 'B' tough guys ever: Charles McGraw.

Because of that, and it's so interesting to view, it's one I plan on viewing a number of times. McGraw, as the cop, and William Talman, as the leader of the gang, are fun to watch.

It's a heist tale and most of the film is about the gang trying to escape after the robbery and what happens to each one. In that regards, it reminds me a bit of another great film: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, which also came out at this time. This isn't up to that level, but it's good and highly recommended viewing if you see it listed on TCM, where I saw it.


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