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Crashout (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 March 1955 (USA)
The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writers:

Hal E. Chester (written for the screen by), Lewis R. Foster (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... Van Morgan Duff
Arthur Kennedy ... Joe Quinn
Luther Adler ... Pete Mendoza
William Talman ... Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Rev. Remington
Gene Evans ... Maynard 'Monk' Collins
Marshall Thompson ... Billy Lang
Beverly Michaels ... Alice Mosher
Gloria Talbott ... Girl on Train
Adam Williams ... Fred Summerfield
Percy Helton ... Dr. Louis Barnes
Melinda Markey Melinda Markey ... Girl in Bar
Christopher Olsen ... Timmy Mosher (as Chris Olsen)
Adele St. Mauer Adele St. Mauer ... Mrs. Mosher
Edward Clark ... Conductor
Tom Dugan ... Ed - Bartender
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Storyline

Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of "regular folks," each has his own rendezvous with destiny. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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prison break | loot | truck | train | mine | See All (14) »

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Every Day You Live Is The Day Before You Die! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les assassins meurent aussi See more »

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Production Co:

Standard Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the opening, under-titles sequence of a prison break was made from footage borrowed from Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), directed by Don Siegel. See more »

Quotes

Van Morgan Duff: [to Quinn] I never did like you. You talk too fast and too much.
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Takes All Kinds...Especially B-Movie Suckers
15 December 2013 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Crashout gets to the point quickly. A story of desperate escapees making their way out of the abyss. William Bendix gives a "close to the bone" portrayal of a desperate man who escapes prison with a motley crew.

Nothing in this story comes easy. The six escapees work their way through several states by the skin of their teeth. On the other side is a split of a big pay day, but that pay day is way away buried in some of the most inhospitable territory imaginable. The common denominator is the promise of a huge buried payout. That's the story of Crashout. It's no easy road to glory for the cons, in the ensuing journey they cross paths with some unwitting characters. A journey of attrition whereby along the way not only does a possible love story evolve, but a the deaths of all but two remaining cons. The path to the big pay day is anything but a simple story. This is where Crashout rises above it's "B Movie" roots. Bendix give his usual colorful performance, but this time as a star front and center. The story suits his skills well.

The end is a heartless reckoning. A sort of good trumps bad, but there is an opening. The character of "Joe" played by the great Arthur Kennedy may or may not be the last man standing. Does he have the buried fortune? Probably not, but if he survives he may actually have gained much more than the 180 grand. This is a really tasty slice of film noir. It grabs the viewer early on and doesn't let go. Your're in for the ride. It's especially gritty and dark for the day in which it was filmed. It has a buried heart which all humanity can connect to. Basically hopeless, Crashout still has something that one can grab on to and in that it keeps the viewer invested. Great "B-Movie" film noir and as such recommended viewing for those to whom this stuff speaks.


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