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Black Tuesday (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 May 1955 (France)
Gangster Vincent Canelli and bank robber Peter Manning escape from Death Row minutes before their execution by electric chair.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Sydney Boehm (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward G. Robinson ... Vincent Canelli
Jean Parker ... Hatti Combest
Peter Graves ... Peter Manning
Milburn Stone ... Father Slocum
Warren Stevens ... Joey Stewart
Sylvia Findley Sylvia Findley ... Ellen Norris
Jack Kelly ... Frank Carson
Hal Baylor ... Lou Mehrtens
James Bell ... John Norris
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Dr. Hart
Russell Johnson ... Howard Sloane
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Storyline

Vicious gangster Vincent Canelli pulls off a daring prison escape just moments before going to the electric chair, taking with him Peter Manning - a bank robber and cop killer who was to die right after him. Taking several hostages along, they try to get their hands on the loot from Manning's robbery to finance their escape from the country. Written by scgary66

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Rough... ruthless... real! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Martes tragico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Eastman Tri-X)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film was banned by the Memphis Censor Board due to the film's grimness and brutality. See more »

Goofs

A priest administers the last rites to a person who is already dead. See more »

Quotes

Father Slocum: Listen to me, Vincent... you can't keep on killing and killing.
Vincent Canelli: No? Just watch me.
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Connections

Referenced in Il Bidone (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Tuesday Blues
by Bob Parrish
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He's going to go in style
13 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This little known and little seen Edward G. Robinson film takes Eddie back to the days when he was playing some quite serious gangster roles. Caesar Enrico Bandello and Johnny Rocco don't have a patch on his Vince Canelli in Black Tuesday.

Imagine if Little Caesar or Johnny Rocco being captured and on death row with bank robber Peter Graves both sentenced to die that day. Only Robinson has a very well conceived plan to escape at the last minute. He takes Graves along and the rest of those on that Green Mile, the others to throw confusion and buy time and Graves because Graves has hidden $200,000.00 from his last bank job and Robinson wants to flee the country in style with lots of spending loot.

Graves is no fool either. When he says the money is well hidden and only he can get to it, he's not kidding.

Black Tuesday was shot on a shoestring budget and I'm sure what money they had was spent for a really good supporting cast of familiar faces. Standing out are Warren Stevens as one of the hired guns that helps Robinson crash the joint, Jack Kelly as a cub reporter who is one of many taken hostage and Milburn Stone as the prison padre taken hostage as well.

Both the prison escape scene and the final gun battle are well staged and brutal for the time. The film looks like it's in need of restoration and I hope it gets it.


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