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Crashout (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 March 1955 (USA)
The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writers:

Hal E. Chester (written for the screen by), Lewis R. Foster (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... Van Morgan Duff
Arthur Kennedy ... Joe Quinn
Luther Adler ... Pete Mendoza
William Talman ... Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Rev. Remington
Gene Evans ... Maynard 'Monk' Collins
Marshall Thompson ... Billy Lang
Beverly Michaels ... Alice Mosher
Gloria Talbott ... Girl on Train
Adam Williams ... Fred Summerfield
Percy Helton ... Dr. Louis Barnes
Melinda Markey Melinda Markey ... Girl in Bar
Christopher Olsen ... Timmy Mosher (as Chris Olsen)
Adele St. Mauer Adele St. Mauer ... Mrs. Mosher
Edward Clark ... Conductor
Tom Dugan ... Ed - Bartender
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Storyline

Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of "regular folks," each has his own rendezvous with destiny. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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prison break | loot | truck | train | mine | See All (14) »

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The Desperate Cry of Caged Men Who Go Over the Wall! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les assassins meurent aussi See more »

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Production Co:

Standard Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released by Olive Films on Blu-ray in 2013. See more »

Quotes

Van Morgan Duff: [to Quinn] I never did like you. You talk too fast and too much.
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Edited from Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) See more »

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Semi-starry cast (and Beverly Michaels) helps carry routine jailbirds-on-the-lam noir
7 June 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Like Canon City seven years earlier or Big House, U.S.A. of the same year, Crashout follows half a dozen convicts along their futile path to freedom. The drama centers only incidentally on their pursuit by police but explores the tensions that erupt among them and their hostile reaction to the world beyond the machine-gun turrets and barbed-wire fences. It's fast, brutal and far from subtle, but its cast is above-average, and the movie even slows down now and again for a poignant little vignette.

Self-appointed leader of the pack is William Bendix, wounded during the (pre-credits) prison break but brooking no dissent nonetheless. Strangest among them is William Talman (who also appeared in Big House, U.S.A. but of course lost countless cases to Perry Mason on TV, as District Attorney Hamilton Burger); he's a knife-throwing religious nut. Luther Adler as a Latin Lothario, Marshall Thompson as a sentimental kid in this thing over his head, and Gene Evans round out the roster of escapees – except for Arthur Kennedy, who survives with something like a conscience stirring within him.

Helping to stir that conscience is farm gal Beverly Michaels, who arrives much too late in the story. Michaels, in her handful of roles (she starred in Russell Rouse's Wicked Woman), throws off a cool nonchalance that's all her own; with her low, distinctive way of talking, she suggests Sally Kellerman a decade or so later. In the ironic style that was coming into fashion, Crashout's ending leaves us hanging, at least a bit; still, it's competent enough to stand comparison with other installments of the jailbirds-on-the-lam sub-genre.


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