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Guns Girls and Gangsters (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | January 1959 (USA)
In Las Vegas, a group of assorted criminals plans the robbery of an armored truck hauling casino money to the bank.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay), Paul Gangelin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mamie Van Doren ... Vi Victor
Gerald Mohr ... Charles (Chuck) Wheeler
Lee Van Cleef ... Mike Bennett
Grant Richards ... Joe Darren
Elaine Edwards ... Ann Thomas
John Baer ... Steve Thomas
Paul Fix ... Lou Largo
Carlo Fiore Carlo Fiore ... Tom Abbott
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Chuck Wheeler gets out of the Pen and sets up an elaborate heist of Vegas casino money travelling by armored truck. He enlists the help of shady club owner Joe Darren and his ex-cellmate's wife, Vi. Vi's husband Mike is a trigger happy and jealous hothead and will not grant her a divorce. Mike escapes from prison right before the armored truck job goes into motion and promises trouble as he tries to locate his associates and his wandering wife. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The sex-bomb blonde! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns, Girls, and Gangsters See more »

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Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In The Maltese Falcon (1941) Sam Spade refers to Wilmer as a 'gunsel'. Trivia notes include the following: "The Yiddish term "gunsel"--literally, "little goose"--may indeed be a vulgarism for homosexual (the word "faigle", or "little bird", is usually used in that respect), but it's more commonly an "underground" term that refers to a person who is either a "fall guy" or a "stool pigeon"." In the case of Wilmer it is appropriate; in this film, in the trailer, 'gunsel' is used as if it meant gunslinger. See more »

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As Mike Bennett And Chuck Wheeler are turning the armored car around after hearing the report on the police radio, the shadows on the mountain road change. See more »

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Meet Me Half Way, Baby
Music by Buddy Bregman
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
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Nice "B" Picture with Fun Cast
1 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Chuck Wheeler (Gerald Mohr) gets released from prison and decides to hold up an armor truck outside of Las Vegas. He gets involved with his cell mates former squeeze (Mamie Van Doren) but everything gets messed up when that guy (Lee Van Cleef) breaks out of prison and wants in on the action. The best thing about GUNS, GIRLS AND GANGSTERS is the rather catchy title and while nothing new is done for the crime genre, overall this here is a pretty fun "B" movie as long as you don't take it too serious or expect any sort of masterpiece. A lot of the film's entertainment value must be given to the cast who manage to fit their roles nicely and they help keep the film moving. I thought Mohr did a nice job in the role as the baddie as he had no problem being tough but you could also like him. It was fun seeing Van Cleef in a film long before he hit that image of the Sergio Leone films. He too manages to do a nice job in the role of the real villain without any redeeming factors. Mrs. Mamie Van Doren certainly is a looker and she manages to fit the role nicely but I will freely admit that her singing numbers were rather painful and should have been cut out all together. Director Edward L. Cahn manages to build up some nice drama at the end during the finale, which also includes some excellent gun fights and a rather violent conclusion. The narration that runs throughout the picture is certainly something very weak and just wait until you hear that closing line! I'm sure it was meant to be tough or raw yet it comes off hilariously bad. GUNS, GIRLS AND GANGSTERS should appeal to those who enjoy "B" pictures.


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