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Plunder Road (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 December 1957 (USA)
Five men rob a train in Utah of 10 million dollars in gold and head to Los Angeles in 3 trucks hoping to meet up with their beautiful accomplice, and leave the country.

Director:

Hubert Cornfield

Writers:

Steven Ritch (screenplay), Steven Ritch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ... Eddie Harris
Jeanne Cooper ... Fran Werner
Wayne Morris ... Commando Munson
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Skeets Jonas
Stafford Repp ... Roly Adams
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Frankie Chardo
Nora Hayden ... Hazel
Helene Heigh Helene Heigh ... Society Woman
Paul Harber Paul Harber ... Trooper No. 1
Don Garrett Don Garrett ... Policeman
Michael Fox ... Smog Officer / Narrator
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Guard No. 2
Charles J. Conrad Charles J. Conrad ... Trooper No. 2 (as Charles Conrad)
Jim Canino Jim Canino ... Tibbs
Robin Riley Robin Riley ... Don
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Storyline

On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a $10 millionr, nine-ton gold shipment. Dividing the massive haul into three concealed truck loads, the team make a would-be inconspicuous escape across country to what they hope will be a perfect getaway. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Only a thin white line stood between him and ten million in gold! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Violent Road See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Wayne Morris (I). NOTE: He appeared in Buffalo Gun (1961), which was released in 1961, but it was shot in 1957, before this film. See more »

Goofs

When the Cadillac is heading on the freeway to the final destination, the six passports of all involved, are pulled out, but the three characters in the car know that the other three are either dead or caught. Why would they be carrying those extra three unnecessary passports at this point? Since they have just stated that the clothing worn before - including the work gear from the foundry have been burned, it would be assumed that those unneeded passports be burned also as they would be useless at this point, and connect them to the others. They state that they will ditch the passports later upon destination. Coming to a traffic jam, they are stuck with the passports, but no mention is made of this if police do a search of cars and trucks: the two men captured at the weigh-in stop could have snitched on the others identities, and they would not be able to toss the passports in heavy daylight traffic. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Chardo: You know Eddie... maybe we shouldn't head for LA. Maybe we should head straight for the border.
Eddie Harris: You want to be scared Frankie go ahead. But don't be stupid... An idea couldn't get pass the border right now.
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Alternate Versions

The original release included narration by Michael Fox, Douglas Bank and Stacy Graham which was later removed. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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The machine rages against us
9 March 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Being primarily a visual medium, one of the things film does best is illustrate the mechanics of complex items. I refer not only to the machinations of the caper plot so well achieved here, but also to big machines themselves -- trains, trucks, assembly lines. Many a great director has used the relentless workings of machines as a metaphor for inescapable fate -- think especially of Fritz Lang and the openings of Human Desire and Clash by Night.

The stars of Plunder Road are the machines themselves -- the overburdened trucks inching their way to freedom, the massive crane and huffing sabotaged train in the rain-pelted robbery scene, the bubbling cauldron at the foundry contributing to the ingenious escape plan, etc. The human characters are sketched briefly, with impressionistic strokes, but it's the mute mechanical accomplices that drive the plot and stick in the mind. This is best illustrated by the cleverly-inserted visit of a smog inspector, and again in the cruelly ironic downfall of the protagonists, who are at the mercy of their guileless vehicles.


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