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Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

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Johnny Ingram
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Earle Slater
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Lorry
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Dave Burke
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Helen
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Bacco
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Ruth Ingram
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Annie
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Coco
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Kitty
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Moriarty
Lois Thorne ...
Eadie Ingram
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Soldier in Bar
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Girl in Bar
Allen Nourse ...
Melton Police Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Adams ...
Bank Guard (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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Carousel Boy (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
Bank Secretary (uncredited)
Eric Burroughs ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Floyd Ennis ...
Solly (uncredited)
John Garden ...
Bus Station Announcer (uncredited)
Stanley Greene ...
PTA Member (uncredited)
Burtt Harris ...
Jonesy (uncredited)
Fred Herrick ...
Bank Manager (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ...
Garry (uncredited)
Robert Jones ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Club Employee (uncredited)
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Car Accident Driver (uncredited)
Lou Martini ...
Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Maro May ...
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Ed Preble ...
Hotel Juno Clerk (uncredited)
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Club Hostess (uncredited)
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Cannoy (uncredited)
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Hotel Juno Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ronnie Stewart ...
Man with Dog (uncredited)
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Jazz Club Bartender (uncredited)
Clint Young ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Wise

Written by

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William P. McGivern ... (novel)
 
Abraham Polonsky ... (screenplay)
Nelson Gidding ... (screenplay)
 
John O. Killens ... (front for Abraham Polonsky)

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Phil Stein ... associate producer
Robert Wise ... producer
Harry Belafonte ... co-producer (uncredited)

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John Lewis

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Joseph C. Brun

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Dede Allen

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Leo Kerz

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Fred Ballmeyer

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Anna Hill Johnstone

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Robert Jiras ... makeup artist

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Forrest E. Johnston ... production manager

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Charles H. Maguire ... assistant director (as Charles Maguire)

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Kenn Collins ... sound editor
Edward J. Johnstone ... sound
Dick Vorisek ... sound

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Howard Fortune ... gaffer
Edward Knott ... grip
Saul Midwall ... camera operator

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Marguerite James ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

Dave Burke is looking to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid: Earle Slater, a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram, a black gambler. Both are reluctant; but Burke arranges for Ingram's creditors to put pressure on him, while Slater feels humiliated by his failure to provide for his girlfriend; they eventually accept. But Slater loathes and despises blacks, and the tensions in the gang rapidly mount. Written by David Levene

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Also Known As
  • Le coup de l'escalier (France)
  • Apuestas contra el mañana (Spain)
  • Mot alla odds (Sweden)
  • De flydde undan morgondagen (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Oi lykoi metaxy tous (Greece)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia Harry Belafonte starred in this, the first film-noir with a black protagonist. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky, who had written and directed a famous noir, Force of Evil (1948), to write the script. As a blacklisted writer Polonsky used a front, John O. Killens, a black novelist and friend of Belafonte's. (In 1997, the Writers Guild of America officially restored Polonsky's credit.) See more »
Goofs When Johnny is rudely interrupting the female singer, she says "Harry, please", using Belafonte's real name instead of his character's name. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Robert Wise (1967). See more »
Soundtracks My Baby's Not Around See more »
Quotes Kittie: [after kissing Johnny] That's good. But it was better when you wanted it.
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