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Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1950 (USA)
Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them


Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)


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Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... George Legenza
Virginia Grey ... Mary Simms
Gaby André ... Lee Fontaine (as Gaby Andre)
Edmon Ryan ... Detective Sgt. Truscott / Narrator
Robert Webber ... William B. 'Bill' Phillips
Wally Cassell ... Robert 'Bobby' Mais
Aline Towne ... Madeline Welton
Richard Egan ... Herbie Brooks
Edward Norris ... Noyes Hinton
William P. Lane Jr. William P. Lane Jr. ... Maryland Governor William P. Lane Jr. (as Governor William P. Lane Jr.)
John S. Battle John S. Battle ... Virginia Governor John. S. Battle (as Gov. John S. Battle)
W. Kerr Scott W. Kerr Scott ... North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott (as Governor W. Kerr Scott)


Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Whole Blazing Story of the Tri-State Murder Mob! (original poster) See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's title, "Highway 301" refers to a U.S. highway that connects Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina - where the Tri-State gang committed their crimes. The route itself was never mentioned in the film. See more »


The bandits are operating in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, but the armored car robbery clearly takes place in another region (actually Union Station in Los Angeles) as palm trees--which do not grow on the East Coast--are clearly visible. See more »


Detective Sgt. Truscott: [narrating] George Lagenza: specialist in robbing banks... the head man. He'd been Phillips' partner in the escape from the Lorton Reformatory. Now he was a success in his chosen field. Men listened to him. He was bright, tough and deadly.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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"Don't dance with strangers or talk to anyone with a mustache."
4 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A gang of well-dressed armed robbers, unimaginatively dubbed the Tri-State Outfit by police, go on a crime spree across three states. The opening bit with the real governors of Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina giving speeches about law & order will have you rolling your eyes. But stay with this one because it does get better. Steve Cochran is great as the cold-blooded leader of the gang. Robert Webber, Wally Cassell, and Richard Egan are among the other familiar faces in the cast. Lovely actresses Virginia Grey, Gaby André, and Aline Towne pretty things up as molls. Grey's character is a radio junkie, which leads to some funny moments. I liked the location scenery and the cars, fashions, and architecture of the period. It's a well-paced B crime picture with lots of grit and some atmosphere. Cheesy at times and never anything deep but it is solid entertainment. Were it not for the corny "crime does not pay" messages, this one would probably be more well-known and liked.

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