Plunder Road

1957

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir

31
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 689

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Cast

Elisha Cook Jr. as Skeets Jonas
Jeanne Cooper as Fran Werner
Stafford Repp as Roly Adams
Michael Fox as Smog Officer / Narrator
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1hr 12 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bsmith5552 7 / 10

Tense,Exciting Little Low Budget Heist Film!

"Plunder Road" is about a train heist of $10 million in gold bullion. In a well planned robbery, led by Eddie Harris (Gene Raymond) along with Frankie Chardo (Steven Rich), Munson (Wayne Morris), Skeets (Elisha Cook Jr.) and Roly Adams (Stafford Repp), the gang pulls off "the biggest robbery in U.S. history" in the teeming rain, using a large van and a small crane truck to obtain and transport the loot.

The gang hides the trucks used in the robbery and loads the gold onto three separate trucks carrying furniture, coffee and a chemical liquid. They plan to go to Los Angeles leaving at staggered times. Roly is the first to leave followed by Munson and Skeets and finally Eddie and Frankie.

Roly is stopped by the police and is shot trying to escape. Munson and Skeets stop for gas where Muson murders the gas station attendant who recognized them as part of the heist team. They are later arrested at a truck weigh scales station when the excess weight of their vehicle is discovered.

Eddie and Frankie make it through various roadblocks to L.A. where Eddie's girl friend Fran Werner (Jeanne Cooper) is waiting. They melt down the gold and...............................................

There's a couple of holes in the story (written by Rich) likely due to budget considerations. For example there is no information provided as to how Eddie Harris knew about the shipment or how he formed his gang and planned the robbery in the intricate detail necessary. The explosive they are carrying is not identified but is assumed to be nitro-glycerin. Also, since the shipment was obviously headed to or from Fort Knox, where was the military presence?

Gene Raymond had been a major star in the 30s appearing opposite many of the leading ladies of the day. He was married to Jeannette MacDonald for 28 years and had appeared in a limited number of films since then. Wayne Morris was a highly decorated WWII hero whose career had declined. He made a comeback in 1957 with his role in "Paths of Glory" but died in 1959 before he could get his career going again. Stafford Repp is best remembered for his role as the Police Chief in the "Batman" TV series. Elisha Cook appeared in dozens of similar roles as the tough little guy such as his Wilmer in "The Maltese Falcon"

Reviewed by st-shot 7 / 10

Plunder Road offers decent ride.

It's a dark and stormy night as five men pull off a daring train robbery of 10 million in gold. Led by the stoic Eddie Harris (Gene Raymond) they split the steal in three and head for LA to melt it down. Two of the transports are intercepted but the third reaches it's destination and is in the process of blowing town through an ingenious method (I believe later employed on the first show of Mission Impossible) when the LA Freeway interrupts.

Plunder Road may well have been an ideal B in its day with its stripped down (72 minutes) pace and crosscutting between the divided mob. After taking in the better budgeted denser A pic this heist film immediately cut to the chase allowing the movie goer to exhale. Director Hubert Cornfield (Night of the Following Day) does not dally long with personality and character development as he expeditiously leaves them to their thoughts and the fact that they are all in for a huge payday.

30s matinée idol Gene Raymond registers as the taciturn ringleader who lightens up once he feels he's in the clear. Chester Morris, Elisha Cook, Steven Ritch and Stafford Repp as societal marginals born to lose adequately deliver with few words.

Cinematographer Ernie Haller gives the picture a good look while Irving Gert's music is a heavy handed brass attack that overwhelms in tense moments.

Plunder Road does have some pot holes but it remains well paced with relatively benign criminals that has us feeling like the waitress in the diner who hopes in some way that they get away with it.

Reviewed by bensonmum2 7 / 10

"900 miles to go"

$10 million in gold is being shipped by rail to San Francisco from Salt Lake City. Five men are determined to see that the gold doesn't make it. The men successfully pull-off a daring nighttime robbery and snatch the $10 million. Their plan includes loading the gold into three different trucks. At regular intervals, they set off for the coast where they intend to rendezvous and split their loot. Will they make it? (This is a film noir – you know things are bound to go horribly wrong.)

Plunder Road is a nice little low-budget noir/crime/drama film. While I enjoyed every second of the movie, the highlight for me has to be the robbery that takes up at least the first 15 minutes of the film's 72 minute runtime. Similar to Rififi, the robbery is carried out almost entirely in silence. The plan is well thought out and executed. The coordination between the five guys makes for a great watch. Director Hubert Cornfield expertly filmed this section of the movie. He wisely included almost every detail – from the masks to the gassing of the guards to the handling of the explosives. Some of the camera angles Cornfield chose helped to increase the excitement of the whole thing. I also think that filming the heist in pouring rain was a wise decision. The rain added even more suspense and atmosphere. While I'm not overly familiar with most of the cast (Elisha Cook, Jr, being the exception), they all give nice performances. I think I was most impressed with Stafford Repp as Roly Adams, but that may only be because he's familiar to me having played Chief O'Hara on Batman in the 60s. Plunder Road's ending is appropriately bleak. As with most good film noir, none of the characters comes out unscathed.

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