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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A calendar in the gas station where the attendant gets shot, displays "July 1957." The film was released that fall. See more »

Goofs

The trucks are fitted with California registration plates all along the 500 miles they travel. California plates with arouse immediate suspicion with the police in roadblocks in all the states they had to pass. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Harris: [Commando and Frankie laugh after pulling off the heist] Before we start congratulating ourselves let's remember we've still got 900 miles to go, 900 miles to every cop between here and the coast, and you laugh it up like a couple of clowns.
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The original release included narration by Michael Fox, Douglas Bank and Stacy Graham which was later removed. See more »

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Plunder Road offers decent ride.
26 May 2017 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

It's a dark and stormy night as five men pull off a daring train robbery of 10 million in gold. Led by the stoic Eddie Harris (Gene Raymond) they split the steal in three and head for LA to melt it down. Two of the transports are intercepted but the third reaches it's destination and is in the process of blowing town through an ingenious method (I believe later employed on the first show of Mission Impossible) when the LA Freeway interrupts.

Plunder Road may well have been an ideal B in its day with its stripped down (72 minutes) pace and crosscutting between the divided mob. After taking in the better budgeted denser A pic this heist film immediately cut to the chase allowing the movie goer to exhale. Director Hubert Cornfield (Night of the Following Day) does not dally long with personality and character development as he expeditiously leaves them to their thoughts and the fact that they are all in for a huge payday.

30s matinée idol Gene Raymond registers as the taciturn ringleader who lightens up once he feels he's in the clear. Chester Morris, Elisha Cook, Steven Ritch and Stafford Repp as societal marginals born to lose adequately deliver with few words.

Cinematographer Ernie Haller gives the picture a good look while Irving Gert's music is a heavy handed brass attack that overwhelms in tense moments.

Plunder Road does have some pot holes but it remains well paced with relatively benign criminals that has us feeling like the waitress in the diner who hopes in some way that they get away with it.


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