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Armored Car Robbery (1950)

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Jim Cordell
... Yvonne LeDoux
... Dave Purvis
... Benny McBride
... Al Mapes
... Detective Danny Ryan
... Detective Cuyler
... Lt. Phillips
... William 'Ace' Foster
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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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Final film of Anne Nagel. See more »

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When Cordell's car comes to a stop after he swears to avoid the truck during the chase. His right front tire is fully inflated. He immediately jumps out of his car. But now the tire is completely flat. See more »

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Dave Purvis: If anything goes wrong, I'll call yuh.
Dave Purvis: I'll have aa new number.
Benjamin 'Benny' McBride: You're ginna move again?
Dave Purvis: Yeah, tonight. The Valley Motor Court... Sunset 7-2131. I'm registered under the name of Martin Bell.
Dave Purvis: [Seeing bnny start to write the number down on a matchbook] Don't write that down!
Benjamin 'Benny' McBride: I don't wanna forget it. You move so often.
Dave Purvis: I don't like things written down! I don't like it! Memorize it! Sunset 7 - 2131!
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I'm Bound For Nothing But Love
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Mort Greene
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What a marvelous and underrated little gem!!
16 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Wow, was I ever impressed by this little film. While ARMORED CAR ROBBERY is not an especially sexy title and the film possesses no real star power, it is a wonderfully effective and superbly written little B-movie directed by a young Richard Fleischer. So far in his career Fleischer had directed some shorts and a couple undistinguished films and it was several years before he gained fame with THE NARROW MARGIN (also a wonderful B-film starring Charles McGraw), THE VIKINGS and SOYLENT GREEN. So, since he was an unknown, they gave him mostly unknowns for the film. The biggest name in it was Charles McGraw--a great heavy and supporting actor who'd been around but still hadn't made a name for himself. Additionally, William Talman plays the leader of the bad guys and while you most likely won't recognize his name, he is the man who played Hamilton Burger on the "Perry Mason" TV show.

While McGraw was as wonderful as I'd expected since I'd seen him in quite a few great Film Noir movies, I was particularly impressed by Talman. As Ham Burger, he was a bland and one-note character--the jerk who ALWAYS lost to Perry Mason. But here, he was a very cold, calculating and scary man because he was so believable and amoral. It's a darn shame that this role didn't result in better roles--he really showed he could act.

The film is naturally about an armored car robbery and it was rather straight-forward in its plotting. However, because the dialog and the rest of the writing was so true to life, it really jumped out at me. While it did have a few great Noir-like lines (spoken mostly by the great McGraw), it emphasized reality over style and seemed like a very honest crime drama more than anything else. While it lacked the tension of THE NARROW MARGIN, it made up for it with quality at every level--resulting in a marvelous and generally unrecognized little gem. Watch this film--it's dandy.


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