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Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1950 (USA)
Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... George Legenza
Virginia Grey ... Mary Simms
Gaby André ... Lee Fontaine (as Gaby Andre)
Edmon Ryan ... Detective Sgt. Truscott / Narrator
Robert Webber ... William B. 'Bill' Phillips
Wally Cassell ... Robert 'Bobby' Mais
Aline Towne ... Madeline Welton
Richard Egan ... Herbie Brooks
Edward Norris ... Noyes Hinton
William P. Lane Jr. William P. Lane Jr. ... Maryland Governor William P. Lane Jr. (as Governor William P. Lane Jr.)
John S. Battle John S. Battle ... Virginia Governor John. S. Battle (as Gov. John S. Battle)
W. Kerr Scott W. Kerr Scott ... North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott (as Governor W. Kerr Scott)
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Storyline

During the late 1940s, a gang of armed-robbers, known as The Tri-State Gang, terrorizes banks and payroll-vans in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The five members of the gang, all of whom have long police records, are George Legenza, William B. Phillips, Robert Mais, Herbie Brooks and Noyes Hinton. The gang leader, George Legenza, is particularly vicious and takes pleasure in killing robbery-witnesses as well as bank guards. During a bank robbery, a witness notices the get-away car's license-plate but only partially. The police sets-up road-blocks and verifies the identity of all persons fitting the robbers' description as well as their car's partially-known license-plate, model and color. A special police unit, led by Detective Sgt. Truscott, is tasked with apprehending the robbers. All five mobsters have girlfriends to pass their spare-time but these women are not aware of the gang's criminal activities. When one of the girlfriends, a Canadian, gets wind of these crimes, she ... Written by nufs68

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THEY SLASHED A CRIME-SCAR ACROSS THE MAP OF AMERICA! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery See more »

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Budget:

$530,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Robert Webber. See more »

Goofs

When the gang return to the Virginia apartment, Legenza orders the drapes to be drawn. Later that evening, the drapes are shown to be open. See more »

Quotes

Madeline Welton: Maybe I'll hear you cracked the skull of an old bank guard, killed a truck driver or ran over a child in a getaway. I'm scared! Even liquor won't drive away the nightmares. I can't sleep. When you're away, I'm fenced in and when you come back, it's the same terror. Oh, please, George, please - I want out!
[George slaps Madeline]
George Legenza: Okay, now you got it out of your system. You feel better. Just make like you got caught in a revolving door. Well, come on. We're supposed to be having fun. Enjoy ...
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Under-Seen Underworld Sleeper…Violent and Suspenseful
6 December 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Here Come the 1950's and There Goes Film-Noir or at Least there is an "Evolution" of the Noir Sensibilities. Hollywood Now Seems to have been Pressured into Cleaning Up Their Act, or Pretending to be On Board with Pro-Post-War Conservatism.

The Government, Law Enforcement and J. Edgar Hoover were Infiltrating Every Aspect of American Life (sound familiar Today), Dictating Mores and Clean Living (for the Proletariat that is but not for that Hypocrite Hoover). The HUAC Hubris is On the Horizon.

So the Film Opens with Big Brother State Governors Reading Cue Cards about the Folly of Crime and it Doesn't Pay and All of That. Then Director Andrew Stone Seems to be Saying OK now that's Out of the Way, and Let's Loose with Some Gritty Up Close and Personal Violence. In Fact One Such Shooting of a Female Gang Moll is Point Blank and that is Dialoged About Afterwards and No One can Figure Out How She Survived.

The Movie Clips Along at a Rapid Pace and there is Much Suspense and Action with a Finale that has a Guns Blazing Car Chase that Ends with a Speeding Train that is Quite Startling. Steve Cochran Steals the Show as the Gang Leader and gets Good Support from Everyone Else.

Overall, an Above Average and Forgotten Crime Noir that is Stylish, Brutal, and Nasty. It is a LIttle Known Movie that is Highly Recommended.


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