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The Saint Louis Bank Robbery

1959

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Steve McQueen stars in a gritty, downbeat, and sometimes savage heist movie that features a gang of very psychologically warped men and a story that's based on an actual crime. Warning: this film is devoid of humor, wit, cheerfulness, glamor, and mercy. It's grim to the brim. Some will find that viewing it is an unpleasant experience.

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This movie is in the public domain. Video-Cellar wrote: The film was originally published without a notice, but most prints currently in circulation are later television syndication prints which had a super'd copyright notice on the end. The renewal would be effectively invalid on that basis alone, but when you add the renewing party "Film World International" was one of those companies that tried to renew films they didn't really own before they entered the PD, it is completely invalid. They also tried this with "The Proud Rebel", "The Deep Six" and "Lonelyhearts". Only problem was that Alan Ladd Enterprises (Deep Six) and Schary Productions (Lonelyhearts) also applied for renewals and FWI got found out. Don't ask me why the copyright office keeps the records of the fraudulent claims on file.


The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (also called The St. Louis Bank Robbery, the film title in the opening credits) is a 1959 Big caper movie shot in black and white. The film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the crime scene getaway in a bank robbery. The film is based on a 1953 bank robbery attempt of Southwest Bank in St. Louis. The film was shot on location in St. Louis, Missouri in 1958 with some of the men and women from the St. Louis Police Department, as well as local residents and bank employees, play the same parts they did in the actual robbery attempt.<></>
The film is now in the public domain.

Plot

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George Fowler (Steve McQueen) shows himself as an ex-football hero. He finds himself slowly drawn into the world of gangsters. With the gang in need of just another $50, George asks his ex-girlfriend, Ann, for a cheque in that amount, supposedly for her brother Gino. The plan starts to unravel when she sees Gino coming out of a restaurant across the street from the bank. When questioned about it George later reveals he's involved with robbing the bank. She writes 'Warning The bank will be Robbed!' with lipstick on a window in the bank, but the bank takes it as a joke. As the day of the heist approaches tensions within the gang increase with no one trusting anyone. The robbers, having seen the lipstick warning, burst into George's and Gino's apartment that night and demand to know who talked to the girl about the robbery. Gino breaks about his sister's talking to George. George goes to her apartment with the gang and talks her into going to Chicago. Gino and George go to a park and wait. While Willie and John are taking her down the fire escape, John gets fidgety and hurls her off the escape down to the street below. They return to George and Gino, saying nothing about the murder. The next day the robbery is attempted as planned. Meanwhile the bank has replaced the switchboard, previously inside the bank, downstairs to what seems to be a better control room, a system which the robbers were betting on disabling to prevent calls to the police. John distrusts George and compels Willie to drive, instead of George, who will now be inside robbing the bank even though it's his first time on any illegal job. The robbery goes as planned until George can't find the switchboard they wanted to disable. The switchboard downstairs calls the police and they send a squad car over to the bank. When the police arrive, the robbery goes wrong. John is killed while trying to escape with a hostage and Gino commits suicide in the vaults. Willie flees with the car, leaving his partners behind. George gets shot in the leg. He tries to escape with a female hostage, the woman's husband offering himself instead. As the wife is in his headlock, his arm aiming the gun at her husband, she says, "It's no use, he's vicious." Realizing just how far he went, George relaxes his grip and falls to the ground, muttering how he isn't 'vicious'. George is taken away, his last sight looking out the bars of the car.

Cast

  • Steve McQueen as George Fowler
  • Crahan Denton as John Egan, the boss
  • David Clarke (actor) as Gino, Ann's brother
  • James Dukas as Willie, the driver
  • Mollie McCarthy as Ann, George's ex-girlfriend and sister of Gino
  • Martha Gable as Eddie's wife
  • Larry Gerst as Eddie

See also

  • Fred William Bowerman, the real life basis of John Egan
  • List of films in the public domain



Category:1959 films
Category:American films
Category:Bank robbery
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Charles Guggenheim
Category:Films set in Missouri
Category:Films set in St. Louis, Missouri
Category:Heist films
Category:United Artists films
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