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THE GREAT ST. LOUIS BANK ROBBERY
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Inspired by a real bank robbery, this true crime drama follows a gang of thieves who think they devised the perfect plan, and the St. Louis police officers who uncovered their cunning operation. Steve McQueen stars as the getaway driver for a group of smart and meticulous criminals. After performing practice runs and going over every minute detail, they think their scheme is fail-safe. But as they enter the bank on that fateful day, their master plans quickly unravel. Witness the action and nerve-wracking excitement in this shoot em up thriller!
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This is not the first time that this company do something like that, "The incredible invisible man" is pretty close to that awful quality. So please first don't say restored classic and second write a note on the edition related to the quality of it. So to maintain my confidence on you "Film Detective", please do something.
In THE GREAT ST. LOUIS BANK ROBBERY (1959), McQueen hires out as "wheel man" to a small gang. In this true story, the bank heist quickly devolves into a hostage situation that ends disastrously. Shot on the actual location using non-actors who were both victims of and respondents to the crime, this picture has a realism that makes it worth seeing.
JAIL BAIT is a wretched Ed Wood work, perhaps his worst. This one doesn't have the panache or amusing qualities of GLEN OR GLENDA? or PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. Remembered these days primarily for muscleman Steve Reeves (who has a peripheral role), it's the story of a thug who blackmails a plastic surgeon into changing his facial appearance in an effort to evade the police.
Steve McQueen took his TV western experience with him when he appeared in the John Sturges classic, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960). He co-stars here with Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn.
THE ED WOOD BOX is pink and made of paper, not wood. It has more Ed wood movies and bonus items than you'll be able to watch in one lifetime! (maybe) Owners of this collection who've sat through all of it have been known to suddenly burst out with such comments as: "Pull the string! Pull the string!" and "I'll bet my badge that we haven't seen the last of those weirdies."
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(5.9) The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) - Steve McQueen/Crahan Denton/David Clarke/Molly McCarthy/Martha Gable/Larry Gerst/Boyd Williams/Frank Novotny
(2.4) Jail Bait (1954) - Lyle Talbot/Dorothy Fuller/Herbert Rawlinson/Steve Reeves (uncredited: Conrad Brooks/Ed Wood Jr.)
Young Steve McQueen is featured in this taut little true story of a heist gone terribly wrong. Shot on-location where these events actually unfolded, a mostly unknown cast includes non-actors: bank personnel, citizens and law enforcement responders who were involved on the day this hold-up occurred. The first hour of the story includes (sometimes unnecessary) character development, the balance is the actual crime.
McQueen portrays an expelled college athlete who throws in as wheel man for three ex-cons planning a bank caper. Events however propel him inside Southwest Bank, as what should've been a fairly simple robbery becomes a frightening siege. Recommended for all classic era crime movie fans.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.
(5.8) The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) - Steve McQueen/Crahan Denton/David Clarke/James Dukas/Mary McCarthy/Martha Gable/Larry Gerst