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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

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)
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Cast

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)
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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

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Taglines:

THEY SLASHED A CRIME-SCAR ACROSS THE MAP OF AMERICA! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Union Station is mentioned as a crime location. Union Station is in Los Angeles, CA, where the movie was filmed, but Union Station is also the train station in Washington, DC, where some of the action takes place. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

W. Kerr Scott - Governor of North Carolina: They started on their reign of terror by robbing the Bank of Winston-Salem in my home state. They realized at the end of their reign of terror that crime does not pay - nor will it ever pay.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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Sidetracked
20 July 2011 | by madmonkmcgheeSee all my reviews

This is a Public Service picture thinly disguised as a crime movie, and a very poor one too. You know you're in trouble when three, count 'em three governors get to pound the message home that Crime Does Not Pay. Except in politics, i guess.Man, those HUAC hearings must have really scared Jack Warner silly to produce such lame law and order tripe as this movie. It's clear from the get-go that these gangsters are basically two-bit crooks, cowards who hit women and on a one way trip to the death house. Movies like this are only of interest as a scary example of Fifties government propaganda. "Kids, these guys may look cool, but look how mean and stupid they are. I'm sure you'd all much rather be a stuffed shirt like the clever cops who are way smarter than those no-good goons. Now eat your greens and go do your homework!" I'm sure J. Edgar "What's the Mafia?" Hoover gave this his Seal of Approval. Forgettable and frightening Fifties fare.


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