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In this taut thriller William Campbell stars as a locksmith forced to crack a bank safe deposit box in order to save his girlfriend (Karen Sharpe) from a ruthless mobster (Berry Kroeger). Also stars Anita Ekberg.

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A film noir set-up unfolds in the opening minutes of Man in the Vault: while relaxing one night at a bowling alley, a humble locksmith named Tommy Dancer (William Campbell) finds himself dragged into a bank heist plot because of his dexterity with lock-picking. It only takes 72 minutes for Tommy's nightmare to unfold, and yet the storyline seems uncommonly convoluted; rival gangsters are involved, Tommy strikes a volatile match with a slumming Beverly Hills dame (Karen Sharpe), and a moll plays a seemingly extraneous role--not that there's anything wrong with that, when the moll is the young Anita Ekberg. The ultra-cheap production values deflate the effort to put some noir atmosphere into the thing, but the main problem is leading man Campbell, who was a cross between Vince Edwards and a young Tony Curtis, but without the attitude. (He had been in The High and the Mighty--like this film produced by John Wayne's Batjac company--and went on to many TV roles.) Still, there are moments, and director Andrew V. McLaglen tries to work some ingenious visual touches into the mix. Berry Kroeger makes a truly decadent villain, while Batjac regular Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez gives comic relief. The film comes very early in the credits of McLaglen and screenwriter Burt Kennedy, both of whom became associated with Westerns later in their long, fruitful careers. The movie keeps returning to the bowling alley ("Art Linkletter's La Cienaga") thereby setting up one of the strangest scenes of noir menace ever filmed. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: William Campbell, Karen Sharpe, Anita Ekberg, Berry Kroeger, Paul Fix
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Writers: Burt Kennedy, Frank Gruber
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert E. Morrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BDH6CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man in the Vault" on IMDb

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2007
Format: DVD
MAN IN THE VAULT, produced by John Wayne's Batjac production company, is a well-paced and impressively-cast crime thriller, which reunited "High and the Mighty" co-stars William Campbell and Karen Sharpe.

Tommy Dancer (William Campbell) is an unemployed professional locksmith, forced into assisting a daring bank raid, after his girlfriend Betty (Karen Sharpe), a feisty society debutante, is swept up into the plot.

Filled with some great performances, MAN IN THE VAULT is an enjoyable excursion into a shady world of corruption and greed, and never wears out it's brisk 70-minute running time. Both William Campbell and Karen Sharpe are attractive and well-used in the leads; with Anita Ekberg, Paul Fix and Barry Kroeger in strong supporting roles.
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By Bela on October 22, 2014
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This is a over looked classic! What are some of these reviewers watching? Directed by Burt Kennedy this one has all the things
that made great film noir gangster pictures great! The writing directing is excellent and the acting by some actors you've seen in
many movies and TV make this a good one. The lead actor who I never heard of and kinda looks like a young Cornell Wilde was
not a good choice but he's okay. The story about a guy who's tricked into helping the mob rob a bank and of course falls in love
with one of the girls involved with the gang! The ending is pretty good but no a surprise. It's become one of my favorite film noir
movies and I don't know why except it's just a above average story and made really well. Film Noir fans will love this one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lane on February 1, 2013
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This is a good Crime movie starring William Campbell, Karen Sharpe, Paul Fix, Berry Kroeger, Mike Mazurki and Anita Ekberg. This movie is presented in B&W, Full frame formant and runs for about 73mins (1hr 13mins). This might not be the best plot, but Andrew V. McLaglen direction is great! Overall this is a good movie and I would recommend it.
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