Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who's outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it.
The Directorial debut of Walter Matthau and the only film he ever directed.
Matthau had as much business playing a Dillinger type as doing Leonardo da Vinci. He slouches lazily through an inane script featuring wooden actors whose voices sound like they were dubbed, a beyond ridiculous romantic sub plot and music that hardly ever corresponds to the action. Was this a vanity project?
September 4, 2013 Subject:
This is how today's movies should be made. Entertaining!
September 14, 2012 Subject:
the mid century decor is drooly!
if you love vintage atomic mid-century kitsch.. you'll love the lamps, curtains, couches, music, wall art,. kitchen,. etc,. faboo! the actors aren't bad either,. although I almost fall asleep watching Matthau read those badly written lines,. cute story though.. i like the opening scam,. could never happen,. ever,.
September 14, 2012 Subject:
Did someone mention holes in the plot?
Well I can't blame them for my having watched it.
Nice scenes of the Southern California of my youth. Not redemptive for the purpose of stars. It gets only one from me.
April 5, 2012 Subject:
Ganster Walter Matthau is so good the mob recruits him~ 3 STARS worth watching once~
PLOT: Walter Matthau is is very successful gangster Jack~ sets up a bank robbery to look like movie ~
Jack is a gangster who evades the polices and arrives in town and sets up his next caper~ getting the local law to be "extras" his *movie* he cleverly robs a bank and escapes~ but soon the local MOB is after Jack to offer him a job~ Jack mean while is hiding out as a manual laborer~ in a fruit grove working for a pretty blonde librarian~ who is hot for Jack~ soon Jack and the blonde~ move on as a couple and Jack is onto a great caper... stealing the BOOKIES money hidden in a golf club's safe~ they take the whole safe~ now even the MOB is out to get Jack who wants to go "clean" and straight~ and off to mexico with the pretty libarian he fell in love with~~~ the DIALOG IS HOKEY~ Mattheu is very good until he has to speak~ and the plot of full of holes~ but well worth the watch once~ this could have been a great caper movie shot on a very limited budget but still a bit of tacky fun~ the robberys are very clever which is why this ended up with 3 STARS over all~
February 21, 2010 Subject:
this film is so boring i should have been paid to watch it- so forget about it being free.
nothing matches. the script and the actors- the action and the music- the plot and the drama all neatly set apart and aside from each other.