Reuniting The Narrow Margin's director and star Richard Fleischer and Charles McGraw but beating it to the screen by a couple of years, Armored Car Robbery isn't in the same league. It's a brisk and efficient heist thriller, no more, no less, but with enough going for it to keep you along for the ride. A professionally made police procedural based very loosely on a real-life crime that indulges in a bit of censor baiting violence and immorality, as is the norm with such quickies, the cops are barely characterised, with the actors expected to breathe some personality into the already stock roles, in this case McGraw's gruff old-timer and Don McGuire's horny rookie out to prove himself when the veteran's original partner is killed. And, again as is the norm, the color is reserved for the lowlives they're tracking down: Douglas Fowley's doomed low-rent guy with a high-maintenance wife (Adele Jergens' mercenary burlesque queen) who's double-timing him with the robbery's mastermind William Talman, a smooth criminal who never leaves a trail or a forwarding address, scrupulously cutting all the labels out of his shirts just to be on the safe side. It doesn't rewrite the book when it comes to crime movies, but it does what it sets out to well enough to be worth a look.