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5 Against the House (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 October 1955 (Albania)
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Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), William Bowers (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Al Mercer
Kim Novak ... Kay Greylek
Brian Keith ... Brick
Alvy Moore ... Roy
Kerwin Mathews ... Ronnie
William Conrad ... Eric Berg
Jack Dimond Jack Dimond ... Francis Spiegelbauer
Jean Willes ... Virginia
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Storyline

Four college buddies enjoying a night at a Reno casino are told by a cop that robbing the casino "cannot be done." That gets the brainiest rich kid among them thinking up a plan for the perfect robbery. He convinces the others to join in when they hear that it will only be a college hoax, his plan being to let the police know where the money is afterwards. The thing is, one of his friends has a head injury from the war, and has no intention of returning a dime. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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They hit the jackpot in the world's richest gambling house !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1955 (Albania) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Against the House See more »

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Production Co:

Romson Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First filmed screenplay for writer/screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. See more »

Goofs

At one point Ronnie talks about how the archaeologist Schliemann "dug up the ruins of Troy in Greece." Troy was in Asia Minor, in modern Turkey, not in Greece. See more »

Quotes

Roy: I've just rubbed the queen of spades so hard I've turned it into a jack.
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Connections

Referenced in The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Loyal Sons of Leighton
(uncredited)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
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Bogus heist, genuine rubbish
14 October 2018 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

What a waste of talent! What a rubbish screenplay! If this is supposed to be a heist, I came away feeling that it was a coming of age film of varsity graduates supposed to be in their twenties, but quite clearly in their mid- to late thirties, and with some war veterans thrown in to create even more confusion in the viewer's mind.

Beautiful Novak is a welcome respite to so much nonsense, Keith' performance is over the top but still possibly the best of the bunch, Guy Madison is utterly forgettable - and ultimately even the B&W photography is run of the mill. Don't waste your valuable time...


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