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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

Writers:

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

Jo Ann Greer sang "Life of the Party" for Kim Novak and two years later dubbed her co-star, Rita Hayworth, in Pal Joey (1957). 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

Kay Greylek: Al, I grew up in this town. I've been dating college boys since I was old enough to be noticed by them.
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Connections

Referenced in The Graduate (1967) See more »

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I Went Out of My Way
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Written by Helen Bliss
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Madison's five
18 November 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

i watched that movie because of Kim Novak but I must write it's not one of her finest parts! why do they always forget "the legend of Lylah Clare" perhaps her finest latter days performance and screen third-rate thrillers like this one.First,how can we believe the male characters are students (Guy Madison was 33 at the time!!!) ??The psychological side (the bad guy who is a good one after all;it's not his fault,he is mentally ill))is minimal and the screen play predictable .If like me you are looking for a good Novak part ,you have to move on:her role is just a little more than decorative.This is a male thriller,but do not expect lots of thrills.


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