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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Anything Your Heart Desires
Music by Buddy Bregman
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
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Drive-in Special
31 January 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

With a title like "Guns, Girls, and Gangsters", the movie could be headed in only one direction— the local drive-in. Add top-heavy van Doren to the head of the marquee, and you've got a real teenage winner. So what if the result comes off like a 3rd-rate rip-off of Kubrick's classic The Killing of two years before, replete with time-ticking narration. True, there's some imagination that went into the details of the armored car heist here; too bad, however, that the imagination didn't carry over to the lame climax. It's like they were running out of film and had to wrap right away.

The movie does have two of B-movies' more underrated tough guys—Mohr and van Cleef. Between them they charge the 80-minutes with some needed authority. Too bad van Cleef makes a late arrival, because their rivalry sets off sparks and could easily have replaced the awkward van Doren's screen time, which is also taken up by two of the most forgettable songs on record. A better script and more imaginative direction minus van Doren could have turned this uneven exercise into a no-nonsense Plunder Road (1958) type, which was also a cheap, but very well executed heist film.

(In passing—I wonder if someone in Sinatra's so-called Rat Pack caught this obscure production since the premise looks a lot like Sinatra's Ocean's Eleven {1960}.)


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