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The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 10 September 1959 (USA)
A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.

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Richard T. Heffron (screenplay) (as Richard Heffron)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... George Fowler
Crahan Denton ... John Egan
David Clarke ... Gino
James Dukas James Dukas ... Willie
Molly McCarthy Molly McCarthy ... Ann
Martha Gable Martha Gable ... Eddie's Wife
Larry Gerst Larry Gerst ... Eddie
Boyd Williams Boyd Williams ... W.H. Dalton - Bank Officer
Frank Novotny Frank Novotny ... Pat - Ann's Boyfriend
Nell Roberts Nell Roberts ... Salvation Army Woman
Bob Holt ... Police Dispatcher
May Kohn May Kohn ... Bank Cashier
Jay Elliot Jay Elliot ... Car Salesman
Robert Klauss Robert Klauss ... Phone Repairman
Barney Barnett ... Policeman
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Storyline

George Fowler is drawn into a gang planning to rob a bank in St. Louis that they expect will have a $100,000 on hand on an upcoming Friday. George is drawn into the plan as the gang's driver by Gino, an old girlfriend's older brother. As the gang goes about its planning, George and Gino have to find a way to live for the next two weeks and they turn to Gino's sister, Ann, for help. George is hoping to go back to college and the money he would make would go a long way to helping him do that. Not trusting George to keep his nerve, the gang's leader John Egan moves him to the inside, but the robbery doesn't go off as planned. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

American Heist (2014) is based on The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery. See more »

Goofs

When Ann writes on the bank window with her lipstick the message reads, "WARNING - YOU WILL BE ROBBED!" Later when we see a bank worker cleaning the message off the window not only is the handwriting different, the message is too: "WARNING - THIS BANK..." See more »

Quotes

George Fowler: You left her there?
Gino: She'll be alright...
George Fowler: You left her there with those apes?
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Gay Allusions
19 December 2004 | by Cjrod3See all my reviews

For a film that was released in 1959, this has some none too subtle allusions to the homosexuality of two of the bank robbers, who served time together in prison. The leader of the gang, Egan, clearly has designs on the newly recruited "college boy" wheelman, played by Steve McQueen. This provokes jealousy in Willie, his henchman and presumably former lover. While many old movies had sly references to a character's homosexuality, this movie doesn't hint too subtly at it. What's interesting about this aspect of the movie is the fact that it's based on an actual crime that took place in St. Louis in 1954. The same cops and some customers who were involved in the ensuing shootout appear as themselves, as well as being filmed at the actual locales where it all happened. Did this fidelity to the real thing also apply to the actual robbers? I haven't been able to find out. Does anybody know if the characters portrayed here are based on actual people, or are they the invention of the film's makers? If they are invented, why did the makers promote a gay subtext?


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