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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
Harry Tyler ... Ernie Beach--Gas Station Attendant
Charles J. Conrad Charles J. Conrad ... Trooper No. 2 (as Charles Conrad)
Paul Harber Paul Harber ... Trooper No. 1
Don Garrett Don Garrett ... Policeman
Michael Fox ... Smog Officer / Voice of Radio Reporter John Oliver
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Guard No. 2
Jim Canino Jim Canino ... Tibbs
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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:

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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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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

A crew member rushes to the side of the road (and hides behind a bush) right after the tanker drives off the roadblock where one of the gang members has been shot by the police. 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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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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The machine rages against us
9 March 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Being primarily a visual medium, one of the things film does best is illustrate the mechanics of complex items. I refer not only to the machinations of the caper plot so well achieved here, but also to big machines themselves -- trains, trucks, assembly lines. Many a great director has used the relentless workings of machines as a metaphor for inescapable fate -- think especially of Fritz Lang and the openings of Human Desire and Clash by Night.

The stars of Plunder Road are the machines themselves -- the overburdened trucks inching their way to freedom, the massive crane and huffing sabotaged train in the rain-pelted robbery scene, the bubbling cauldron at the foundry contributing to the ingenious escape plan, etc. The human characters are sketched briefly, with impressionistic strokes, but it's the mute mechanical accomplices that drive the plot and stick in the mind. This is best illustrated by the cleverly-inserted visit of a smog inspector, and again in the cruelly ironic downfall of the protagonists, who are at the mercy of their guileless vehicles.


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