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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a dish like this married to a mug like Benny McBride... the naked and the dead.
Armored Car Robbery is directed by Richard Fleischer and collectively written by Earl Felton, Gerald Adams, Robert Angus and Robert Leeds. It stars William Talman, Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, Douglas Fowley, Steve Brodie and Don McGuire. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Guy Roe.

When a meticulously planned robbery goes wrong, Dave Purvis (Talman)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brisk and efficient heist thriller
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...
Published on 28 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer


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4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a dish like this married to a mug like Benny McBride... the naked and the dead., 5 Jun 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Armored Car Robbery is directed by Richard Fleischer and collectively written by Earl Felton, Gerald Adams, Robert Angus and Robert Leeds. It stars William Talman, Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, Douglas Fowley, Steve Brodie and Don McGuire. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Guy Roe.

When a meticulously planned robbery goes wrong, Dave Purvis (Talman) and his gang find there's a particularly driven copper closing in on them.

The caper premise has served film noir well over the years, and while Armored Car Robbery is not the hidden gem some have called it (it's no Asphalt Jungle for instance), it is still an effectively tough piece of film. The structure used by Fleischer and the writers is to show the robbery early in the piece and then unfurl the aftermath for the majority of the film. Characterisations are classic noir, the tough gang leader who consistently changes his identity to fool the cops, the foxy dame who is turning heads and is having relationships with two of the gang, the cannon fodder, the dope and the tough as nails copper who will stop at nothing to bring the bad guys down.

The pace of the story is sedate, but this is no bad thing as we get attention to detail with the manhunt and the respective psychological make ups of the thieves. The two-timing aspect in the plot adds spice (this also allows Fleischer to throw in a number of shots of Jergens doing her burlesque routine), as does the deaths of men either side of the law. The look is terrific, with high contrast photography, deep focus shots and some expressionistic lighting, all putting a splendid noir sheen over the skillful blend of studio and location (Los Angeles) sequences. Cast are on good form, especially McGraw and Talman (though Brodie is sadly under used), and Webb's score is period and story reflective.

From the smoke bomb cloaked robbery that thrills early in proceedings, to the breath holding finale played out on an airport runway, Armored Car Robbery is a sturdy and solid RKO noir that is comfortably recommended to fans of the noir cycle. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brisk and efficient heist thriller, 28 May 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film....In English NON REMOVABLE spanish subtitles, 30 Aug 2009
This is a fabulous character driven taught little film noir directed by Richard Fleischer. Very similar in style to his other great noir effort THE NARROW MARGIN. Both star Charles McGraw. The ending looks like it influenced Kubrick's THE KILLING.

As of this writing the ONLY legitimate version of this film on DVD is this Region 2 release from Spain. (The above rating is for this release). The transfer is fine however there is inexplicably NO option to removing the Spanish subtitles from the English audio soundtrack. Therefore the only way I can figure to make a proper presentation is to perfectly synch up a copy of the DVD in Spanish audio (without subtitles)and play it (without the audio)with the original DVD with English audio only (and no picture playing) unless someone out there has a better idea?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armoured car robbery, 24 Oct 2011
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Mr. M. Sanders "TX41" (Powys, UK) - See all my reviews
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A good, fast paced film which has a clever plot and most likely will appeal to those who like 1940's film noir style pictures.

The story is about a successful robbery of an armoured money truck which has just made it's last pickup at a racetrack, and the story of how the whole endeavour starts to rapidly come unwound.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie, 5 Sep 2011
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Ms. Nicola J. Booth "Nicola" (Guildford, UK) - See all my reviews
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We enjoyed this heist movie, worth every penny, not sure why it hasn't been shown on the TV - don't think I've seen it shown.

We had no issue on subtitles as I believe from one reviewer the subtitles couldn't be switched off/removed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 6 Jun 2013
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john (FRESHWATER, Isle Of Wight, GB) - See all my reviews
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it is an excellent movie charlse mcgraws acting was top class thank you it is actors of his class can never be replaced
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3.0 out of 5 stars Descent Hiest Film, 26 Jan 2013
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William Talman leads three other men in an armed robbery and Charles McGraw is the detective that tries to track them down. Talman is excellent as the hard man bad guy and McGraw is not bad as the good guy. Its not just a robbery and the chase as we are eased into it by getting to know some of the team on both sides. Not least Adele Jergens who in the intersting position of being one of the gangs wife but also Talam's secret lover.

The robbery itself was not amazing but was elevated by a surprise in the approach and the pursuit was not let down by any silly turns. They weren't afraid to take their time and follow sensible leads and some good fortune which made this a sold film especially with some good twists and turn along the way when you thought capture was a imminent certainty.

This black and white film was made in 1950 and the style of the filming was good and I believe noir, though I wouldn't say it was that thickly noir. Not a bad short heist film.
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