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Armored Car Robbery

Released Jun 8, 1950 1h 8m Crime Drama List
Reviews 67% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
While executing an armored car heist in Los Angeles, icy crook Dave Purvis (William Talman) shoots policeman Lt. Phillips (James Flavin) before he and his cronies make off with the loot. Thinking he got away scot-free, Purvis collects his money-crazy mistress, Yvonne (Adele Jergens), then disposes of his partners and heads out of town. What Purvis doesn't know is that Phillips' partner, tough-as-nails Lt. Cordell (Charles McGraw), is wise to the criminal's plans and is closing in on his prey. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An exciting film noir robbery escapade set in LA. Rated: B+ Sep 10, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Super crime film with excellent performances by the entire cast. Special props to Adele Jergens who played the femme fatale role and William Talman portraying the sinister homicidal crook. This is one of director Richard Fleischer's earliest features. He'd go on to make several other memorable movies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Noir mas del montòn, nada original. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Dave Purvis takes pride in being unknown to the law, though famed among fellow crooks as a planner He plots a holdup in meticulous detail; but things go wrong, a cop and two robbers are killed, and Purvis hides out with the money while Lieut. Cordell, friend of the dead cop, investigates. Purvis's new getaway plan shows promise, but may have one tiny flaw. 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review dave j Starring Charles McGraw as Lt. Jim Cordell attempting to stay on top of William Talman playing Dave Purvis or as Martin Bell after him and 4 other men successfully stole money from an armored car from a sports stadium, killing his long term partner. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The title says it all - except that the robbery itself is over in the first 15 minutes of the film (admittedly only 67 minutes long in total). All that follows is the aftermath, which is actually a pretty taut police procedural. So, we shift from learning the plans of the clever crook who masterminds the heist (played by William Talman of Perry Mason fame) to the methods of the police lieutenant who tracks him down. Director Richard Fleischer knows how to increase the tension (e.g., a car engine stalls out at just the wrong time) and to keep things moving, just as he did in the subsequent Narrow Margin and Violent Saturday. Not sure what happened with him later as he moved into Disney fare and other oddities (Soylent Green, Conan the Barbarian). This is a good example of its genre, with a tough-as-nails cop going head to head with a bad guy who keeps his wits about him (until the somewhat inexplicable, but apt, ending punctuates the affair). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member a good police noir film with William Talman as master bad guy seven years later he whould be come prosecuter on Perry Mason. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis While executing an armored car heist in Los Angeles, icy crook Dave Purvis (William Talman) shoots policeman Lt. Phillips (James Flavin) before he and his cronies make off with the loot. Thinking he got away scot-free, Purvis collects his money-crazy mistress, Yvonne (Adele Jergens), then disposes of his partners and heads out of town. What Purvis doesn't know is that Phillips' partner, tough-as-nails Lt. Cordell (Charles McGraw), is wise to the criminal's plans and is closing in on his prey.
Director
Richard Fleischer
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 8, 1950, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 8m
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