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Plunder Road (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 December 1957 (USA)
Five men rob a train in Utah of 10 million dollars in gold and head to Los Angeles in 3 trucks hoping to meet up with their beautiful accomplice, and leave the country.

Director:

Hubert Cornfield

Writers:

Steven Ritch (screenplay), Steven Ritch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Raymond ... Eddie Harris
Jeanne Cooper ... Fran Werner
Wayne Morris ... Commando Munson
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Skeets Jonas
Stafford Repp ... Roly Adams
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Frankie Chardo
Nora Hayden ... Hazel
Helene Heigh Helene Heigh ... Society Woman
Paul Harber Paul Harber ... Trooper No. 1
Don Garrett Don Garrett ... Policeman
Michael Fox ... Smog Officer / Narrator
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Guard No. 2
Charles J. Conrad Charles J. Conrad ... Trooper No. 2 (as Charles Conrad)
Jim Canino Jim Canino ... Tibbs
Robin Riley Robin Riley ... Don
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Storyline

On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a $10 millionr, nine-ton gold shipment. Dividing the massive haul into three concealed truck loads, the team make a would-be inconspicuous escape across country to what they hope will be a perfect getaway. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Only a thin white line stood between him and ten million in gold! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Violent Road See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The working title of this film was The Violent Road. See more »

Goofs

When the Cadillac is heading on the freeway to the final destination, the six passports of all involved, are pulled out, but the three characters in the car know that the other three are either dead or caught. Why would they be carrying those extra three unnecessary passports at this point? Since they have just stated that the clothing worn before - including the work gear from the foundry have been burned, it would be assumed that those unneeded passports be burned also as they would be useless at this point, and connect them to the others. They state that they will ditch the passports later upon destination. Coming to a traffic jam, they are stuck with the passports, but no mention is made of this if police do a search of cars and trucks: the two men captured at the weigh-in stop could have snitched on the others identities, and they would not be able to toss the passports in heavy daylight traffic. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Chardo: You know Eddie... maybe we shouldn't head for LA. Maybe we should head straight for the border.
Eddie Harris: You want to be scared Frankie go ahead. But don't be stupid... An idea couldn't get pass the border right now.
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Alternate Versions

The original release included narration by Michael Fox, Douglas Bank and Stacy Graham which was later removed. See more »

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Plunder Road
18 October 2018 | by glennstenbSee all my reviews

Certainly a lot of atmosphere from the 1950s on display here, and we are on the road plenty. One is definitely drawn into the program, and it is difficult not to be interested in the details of all that is passing by before our eyes on the screen. The expressive faces, which are so strongly captured by the camera, may seem uncomfortably close at times, especially since they aren't faces of what we may call appealing folks. Keep in mind that with no counter-balance from hero figures, it may be easy to fall into rooting for some of these bad guys. A grim, stark, and memorable viewing experience.


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