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The Man Is Armed (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 October 1956 (USA)
Crime drama in which a man unknowingly helps a gang pull off a big heist. The gang discovers that the man is more trouble than he is worth and as a result, things don't go as smoothly as ... See full summary »

Director:

Franklin Adreon

Writers:

Robert C. Dennis (screenplay), Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dane Clark ... Johnny Morrison
May Wynn ... Carol Wayne
William Talman ... Hackett
Barton MacLane ... Det. Lt. Dan Coster
Robert Horton ... Dr. Michael Benning
Fredd Wayne ... Egan
Richard Benedict ... Lew 'Mitch' Mitchell
Richard Reeves ... Rutberg
Harry Lewis ... Cole
Bobby Jordan ... Thorne (as Bob Jordan)
Larry J. Blake ... Ray Perkins
Darlene Fields Darlene Fields ... Terrycloth
John Mitchum ... Officer
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Crime drama in which a man unknowingly helps a gang pull off a big heist. The gang discovers that the man is more trouble than he is worth and as a result, things don't go as smoothly as planned. Written by Anonymous

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He Chose The Gun! One man had become his law and there was no way out but violence...AND MURDER! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armado para Matar See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Armed and Cantankerous
11 December 2012 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Typically violent and existential parolee noir featuring perennial patsy Dane Clark just out from the pokey after taking the fall for bad guy William Talman. Clark finds plenty more trouble on his very first day of release, quickly descending into murder and armed robbery with only a brief romantic interlude with true blue May Wynn, who ought to know better. Noir vet Barton MacClane gets in a couple good lines as the cop who put Clark away the first time and looks likely to do so again.

Like many hard luck characters preceding him in noirdom, Clark appears forever snake-bit and no matter how he squirms or where he shoots, the flypaper just gets stickier. Clark's character has never gotten a particularly fair shake though he asks for some of what he gets. In short, he's not the kind you'd send a Christmas card to. His fate is never really in doubt,though you may decide to stick around to see whether the love of a good (naive) woman can prevent ultimate bloodshed (what do you think?) Overall a sincere if inevitable effort with a few thrills and not the worst b-movie 2nd feature in that context.


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