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5 Against the House (1955)

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Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

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Phil Karlson

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Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), William Bowers (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Al Mercer
Kim Novak ... Kay Greylek
Brian Keith ... Brick
Alvy Moore ... Roy
Kerwin Mathews ... Ronnie
William Conrad ... Eric Berg
Jack Dimond Jack Dimond ... Francis Spiegelbauer
Jean Willes ... Virginia
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Storyline

Four college buddies enjoying a night at a Reno casino are told by a cop that robbing the casino "cannot be done." That gets the brainiest rich kid among them thinking up a plan for the perfect robbery. He convinces the others to join in when they hear that it will only be a college hoax, his plan being to let the police know where the money is afterwards. The thing is, one of his friends has a head injury from the war, and has no intention of returning a dime. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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They hit the jackpot in the world's richest gambling house !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1955 (Albania) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Against the House See more »

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Production Co:

Romson Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fillm debut of Kerwin Mathews. See more »

Goofs

In the convertible on the way back to college from Reno, Roy comments that they are "in Kansas somewhere" (with "300 miles to go") but the mountains in the projected background are too way close for that. See more »

Quotes

Roy: [to Buck] Well, that's the trouble with liquor. You take one drink, and it makes a new man out of you. Then the new man has to have a drink too - quote and unquote.
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Referenced in The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Angry Cricket
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Music by Leigh Harline
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Black and White 1950s thriller with some lighter moments.
26 September 2007 | by tynesiderSee all my reviews

This is a Columbia picture starring, according to the credits, Kim Novak, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Kerwin Matthews and Alvy Moore It also throws in William Conrad, later of Cannon TV fame.

The film begins with four ex-army buddies on a visit to a casino town, who both there and later back at college, spend much of their time wisecracking. But Keith exhibits his 'psycho' tendencies in a night club brawl and we learn that these were induced by his experiences in the Korean War. Then its back to college where a fresher (Jack Dimond) is the butt of some humorous pranks.

In the second half of the picture the emphasis changes to thriller as three of the four plan a supposedly foolproof heist at a casino, but intend to return the money, having once proved it can be done.

Keith is however back in violent mode and Madison and girlfriend Novak are forced to become unwilling participants in the robbery. Conrad, as a casino employee, is induced at gunpoint to help with the heist and the strong wartime links between the four are put under great strain.

This picture is neither one thing nor another and those led to expect a light hearted heist film by its early light hearted approach will be surprised at how it turns out.

Worth seeing for an early Kim Novak role and for a heist picture set in Reno and not Las Vegas.


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