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Million Dollar Pursuit (1951)

Monte Norris (Norman Budd), a small-time crook with a neurotic drive to rise to the heights of the law-breaking underworld, is flat broke and in disrepute with gangdom's big mobs. He finds ... See full summary »


R.G. Springsteen


Albert DeMond (screenplay), Bradbury Foote (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penny Edwards ... Ronnie LaVerne
Grant Withers ... Carlo Petrov
Norman Budd ... Monte Norris
Michael St. Angel ... Police Lieut. Matt Whitcomb (as Steve Flagg)
Rhys Williams ... Waxman 'Waxey' Wilk
Mikel Conrad ... Louie Palino
Paul Hurst ... Ray Harvey
Denver Pyle ... Nick Algren
Ted Pavelec Ted Pavelec ... Muller
John De Simone John De Simone ... Speed Nelson (as John de Simone)
Don Beddoe ... Bowen
Ed Cassidy ... Deputy Sheriff (as Edward Cassidy)
Edward Clark ... Holcomb
John Hamilton ... Police Inspector Morgan
George Brand George Brand ... Parker


Monte Norris (Norman Budd), a small-time crook with a neurotic drive to rise to the heights of the law-breaking underworld, is flat broke and in disrepute with gangdom's big mobs. He finds a key to the chief cashier's office at a large department. He wants to handle the job alone but he boasts of his plans, and four other hoodlums cut themselves in on the robbery. Ther take is $500,000 but he and his confederates are unable to spend it since most of the bills are marked. As the tension in their hideout mounts, they fight among themselves and one of them is killed. Two other are killed in a police trap when they try to pass the money to a fence,Carlo Petrov (Grant Withers). Norris kills the remaining robber and goes to the apartment of his former girlfriend, Ronnie LaVerne (Penny Edwards), a nightclub singer who has served a short prison term because of a frame-up on her by Norris. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

30 May 1951 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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What Am I Doing?
Written by Mort Greene and Harry Revel
Sung by Penny Edwards
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A Hundred Million Pennies
23 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Norman Budd is a small-time crook who keeps talking about the big-time deal to singer Penny Edwards. When a ring of keys to the chief cashier of a department store falls into his hands, he sees his opportunity. Before he can execute his plans, he finds he has partners. When the heist goes off smoothly, they try hiding out. But Police Lieutenant Michael St. Angel, who is also sweet on Miss Edwards, is on the case, and the gang starts squabbling.

Budd's line readings aren't the best in the world, but there are some good actors here, including Grant Wither, Rhys Williams and Paul Hurst, as well as up-and-coming Mike Conrad and Denver Pyle. The script is fast-moving and this Republic one-hour movie is well handled by R.G. Springsteen. Springsteen was a skilled director of westerns, but he rarely got out of the genre. Even so, it's a superior movie from Republic outside their comfort zone.

Miss Edwards rarely got a major role on the big screen, outside a few Roy Rogers westerns while Dale Evans was expecting. She is just about perfect here, a bright clean beauty who shows she is a capable actress, a good singer and someone whose career needed the big break. Like so many, she never got it.

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