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Armored Car Robbery (1950)

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:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code 3 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

The airplane Purvis chartered is a 1941 Beech AT-11 "Kansan", registration N66647. This particular plane was used by the USAAF in WWII, and then sold as surplus to a private firm after the war. This same plane can be seen in Johnny Allegro (1949). See more »

Quotes

Yvonne LeDoux: [Upset that he's going to shoot the fallen policeman a second time] Dave, stop it, please!
Dave Purvis: [Coldly, as he draws a bead on him] No loose ends, Baby!
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Solid little cops-n-robbers flick
13 April 2000 | by BrianGSee all my reviews

Director Richard Fleischer was responsible for two of the best of the low-budget '50s cops-n-robbers flicks, both notable for starring Charles McGraw, one of the great movie bad guys, as a tough detective. One, "The Narrow Margin," is quite well known; this is the other one, and while not as well known, it certainly should be. The story is about a vicious gang of robbers, headed by a murderous psychopath (William Talman, who seemed to have a corner on that market in the '50s), pulls off an armored car robbery that goes awry. Detective McGraw is out to track down the gang. The film is a textbook example of the best of the B movie--swiftly paced, tightly edited, with a good story and a cast of veteran character actors that work together like a well-oiled machine. Some clever plot twists and startling (for the time) violence make this one a keeper. Very highly recommended.


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