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Man in the Vault (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 December 1956 (USA)
A locksmith gets caught up in a bank robbery.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Frank Gruber (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Campbell ... Tommy Dancer
Karen Sharpe ... Betty Turner
Anita Ekberg ... Flo Randall
Berry Kroeger ... Willis Trent (as Berry Kroger)
Paul Fix ... Herbie
James Seay ... Paul De Camp
Mike Mazurki ... Louie
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Earl Farraday
Nancy Duke Nancy Duke ... Trent's Girlfriend
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Pedro (as Gonzales Gonzales)
Vivianne Lloyd Vivianne Lloyd ... Singer
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Storyline

There's $200,000 in a Los Angeles safety-deposit box that mobster Willis Trent would like to have, so he gets two-timing, double-dealing Flo Randall to get the box number for him. He offers locksmith Tommy Dancer $5,000 to make the key but Tommy refuses. Trent threatens to harm Tommy's girl friend, Betty Turner, and Tommy gives in and goes to the bank. In a few nerve-racking minutes, Tommy makes the key and pockets the $200,000 for himself. Trent sends word that he has kidnapped Betty and the ransom is $200,000. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Forced into crime to save the girl he loved

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bankroof in Duplo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of his first scene with Tommy, Pedro mentions he will appear on the TV show "You Bet Your Life". Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who plays Pedro, actually appeared as a contestant on "You Bet Your Life" in 1953. This appearance led directly to his acting career as it caught the attention of John Wayne and his production company Batjac which signed him to a contract and also produced this movie. See more »

Goofs

From one angle, a dead man in a car has his head tilted to his right. In another angle, the head is clearly tilted to the left. See more »

Crazy Credits

Veteran heavy Berry Kroeger had his name misspelled in the main credits as "Berry Kroger." See more »

Connections

References You Bet Your Life (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Let The Chips Fall Where They May
Written by Dunham Vars and Henry Vars
Sung by Vivianne Lloyd
sung just after Tony unlocks the trunk
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Batjac noir
8 January 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John Wayne's Batjac Productions produced this average and cheap potboiler noir and the cast and credits look like they could have come from a Wayne film. With Andrew McLaglen directing, Burt Kennedy doing the script and William Clothier behind the camera it sure looks like a Wayne western.

But it's a modern noir film that Batjac has given us. I think John Wayne was trying to launch William Campbell's career with a lead and while Campbell had a good career, he sure never became box office.

Campbell plays a locksmith who Berry Kroeger wants to employ to make a duplicate key for a safety deposit box that contains $200,000.00 in cash. Kroeger is one ruthless dude and has many ways of persuasion including capturing and threatening to torture Karen Sharpe who Campbell has recently been seeing. He's got Mike Mazurki for the rough stuff on his payroll.

It's a real pickle Campbell is in, but he's a plucky soul

A lot of money sure wasn't spent on this given the folks associated with this one. All I can say is that in this average noir film, a whole lot of people did this one as a favor to the Duke.


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