Armored Car Robbery (1950)

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Some auteur critics feel that director Richard O. Fleischer did his best work while laboring in the "B" mills of RKO Radio. Fleischer's minimalist noir exercise Armored Car Robbery stars William Talman as the chief crook and Charles McGraw as the detective dogging his trail. A shade smarter than his gang underlings, Talman manages to elude capture, and even travels freely about in the company of his flashy lady friend Adele Jergens. But McGraw's persistence eventually pays off. Don McGuire, later a prolific TV producer/director, provides a welcome touch of comic relief as McGraw's rookie-cop assistant. A powerful (and slightly gruesome) climax caps this low-budget gem.
Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Richard Fleischer
Written By: Gerald Drayson Adams , Earl Felton
In Theaters: wide
Runtime:
RKO Pictures

Cast

Charles McGraw
as Lt. Jim Cordell
Adele Jergens
as Yvonne LeDoux aka Mrs. Benny McBride
William Talman
as Dave Purvis aka Martin Bell
Douglas Fowley
as Benjamin 'Benny' McBride
Steve Brodie
as Al Mapes
Don McGuire
as Det. Danny Ryan
Don Haggerty
as Det. Cuyler
James Flavin
as Lt. Phillips
Gene Evans
as William 'Ace' Foster
Anne O'Neal
as Mrs Page
Linda Johnson
as Girl Transmitter
Carl Saxe
as Chandler
James Bush
as Control Tower Operator
Roger Creed
as Operator
Anne Nagel
as Mrs Phillips
Frederic Howard
as Dr Leslie
Allen Mathews
as 2nd Detective
Paul Bryar
as Duncan
Jack Shea
as Evans
Art Dupuis
as Cashier
Paul E. Burns
as Mr Kelly
Mack Williams
as Marshall
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

An exciting film noir robbery escapade set in LA.

Full Review… | September 10, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Armored Car Robbery

Lean, mean and too the point. Armored Car Robbery skips along at a brisk 68 minutes and gives you everything you need and nothing you don't. As a far as heist films go, it's not the best, but for complete-ists its a must.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik
½

Armored Car Robbery is an unimaginative title to a pretty good heist movie. Its full of parts that would trickle down to other heist movies like The Killing all the way down to Heat. Its noirish at times but mostly its a quick and to the point heist picture.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea
½

Tight little heist-gone-wrong flick starring noir icon Charles McGraw and Hitch-Hiker baddie William Talman. It could use a little more zip and atmosphere, but it plays along nicely and manages to keep your interest engaged. You can see little echoes of this film in later noirs. Pretty much the exact same heist plan is pulled off in Kansas City Confidential, and the ending is like the end of The Killer, except much grislier. Nothing too special here, nothing to complain about it either. Good times.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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