A 1947 film-noir about an inmate with only a year on his sentence who is forced to participate in a prison break.
Lloyd Bridges plays an ex-GI, Frank Pryor, who arrives in London to visit a wartime girlfriend, whom he hasn’t seen in six years. His arrival at the airport coincides with a man being killed by a sniper, and he finds himself to be a suspect.
A man pretending to be a doctor holds up a train and escapes with a $500,000 payroll. The insurance company puts its best investigator, Charlie Norman, on the case to work. A pretty nifty film noir.
Steve McQueen plays a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. It’s based on a real 1953 case.
Lawrence Tierney (“Reservoir Dogs”) plays an unreformed, hardened criminal who has just been released from prison. While working at his brother’s gas station, he becomes very interested in the armored car that makes regular stops at the bank across the street.
Here’s a pretty good little film noir presentation from the 1940′s. It stars Edward G. Robinson and Lon McCallister. You’ll notice the bad girl that is a very young Julie London of later singing fame.
Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 black-and-white crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne. Karlson and Payne teamed up a year later for another black-and-white film, this time a noir, titled 99 River Street, followed by a 1955 color film, Hell’s Island.