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I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.

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Stuart Heisler

Writer:

W.R. Burnett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Roy Earle / Roy Collins
Shelley Winters ... Marie Garson
Lori Nelson ... Velma
Lee Marvin ... Babe Kossuck
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Chico (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Big Mac (as Lon Chaney)
Earl Holliman ... Red
Perry Lopez ... Louis Mendoza
Richard Davalos ... Lon Preisser
Howard St. John ... Doc Banton
Olive Carey ... Ma Goodhue
Ralph Moody ... Pa Goodhue
James Millican ... Jack Kranmer
Bill Kennedy ... Sheriff
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Storyline

During the 1950s California aging bank robber Roy "Mad Dog" Earle is pardoned after 8 years in prison.Once out of prison, Roy,at the request of his crime boss "Big Mac",decides to pull one more heist before retiring.His target is a fancy mountain resort hotel where employee Louis Mendoza is Roy's "inside man".Roy Earle's team of robbers include hotheaded Babe,Red and dance-hall girl Marie.Marie falls for Roy but he only thinks of innocent young girl Velma whom he recently met.Velma has a slight foot handicap and smitten Roy plans to pay for her foot surgery with his share of the loot.Unfortunately,the robbery doesn't go as planned. Written by nufs68

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Handful of Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Roy's blue car is a 1955 Ford Mainline. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the picture, when the cops are chasing Jack Palance in their cars and motorcycles to the mountains, the following mistakes can easily be seen. Watch the two motorbikes cops as they approach a bridge. Before crossing the bridge, one of the cops comes off his bike; parts of the bike can be seen flying, as indeed so does the cop. The next shot they are all chasing Jack's car as if nothing happened. Later as they approach a slippery bend, a cop again comes off his motorcycle, blocking the chase. Seconds later they are all seen still chasing the villain. See more »

Quotes

Big Mac: [Pouring a drink] It's like the doc says... if i don't lay off this stuff, it's gonna knock ME off, but I'm gonna die anyway.
[laughs]
Big Mac: So are you.
[Distainfully]
Big Mac: So what? Nobody ever left this world alive.
[Holding up his glass]
Big Mac: To you, Roy!
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Referenced in Zodiac (2007) See more »

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Go back to the same place and remake it..literally
9 November 2013 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

This is a literal remake of Bogart's High Sierra. The same roads, towns and even on the same rocks where High Sierra was made. It is scene-for-scene the same movie. It is almost uncanny in that respect. I felt deja vu all the way through.

On the plus side the wide screen production and beautiful color are worthwhile, as is the good acting here which I think is equal to the original but that is a matter of each viewer's taste.

Lon Chaney Jr. is terrific in his role and more than holds his own opposite the usually scene-stealing Palance. Also a plus is a classic brute thug Lee Marvin performance. You also get very young Nick Adams, Dennis Hopper and Perry Lopez doing good work.

Lone Pine, Whitney Portal Road and the Sierras never looked better and they are the main reason you might want to watch this if you are vulnerable to being put off by the striking literal remake nature of this film project.


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