Day 28 of Noirvember: Armored Car Robbery (1950)

A noirish conversation if I ever saw one.

The more I see William Talman, the more I like him. That is, the more I see him outside of a courtroom with Perry Mason. That’s where I first met this actor and first grew to view him with equal parts dislike and disdain. But boy, his film noir performances are a whole ‘nother thing.

One of his best is in Armored Car Robbery, a small noir with a first-rate cast headed by Talman as Dave Purvis, a highly intelligent crook with an ultra-careful mode of operation (“No loose ends,” he insists) and no qualms whatsoever about using his rod. Purvis puts together a crew to knock off an armored car parked outside a ballgame – the heist is pulled off (almost) without a hitch by Benny McBride (Douglas Fowley), Al Mapes (Steve Brodie), and Ace Foster (Gene Evans). Unfortunately, like the best-laid plans of mice and men, this intricately devised effort goes off the rails, with an ending you’ve just got to see to believe.

Yvonne LeDoux. What a dame. What a name!

Favorite character:

My first thought was to say Dave Purvis, but my true favorite is Benny’s estranged wife, Yvonne LeDoux (Adele Jergens), who makes a living by shaking her money maker down at the Bijou Theater. She’s practically the only female in the whole movie, but she’s no dyed in the wool femme fatale. Yvonne doesn’t use her feminine wiles to coax any weak-willed gents into doing her bidding – but she doesn’t shrink from a stack of c-notes when they make their appearance, if you get my drift. Basically, she’s a straight-shooting sister who knows what she wants, knows how to get it, and knows who to get it from.

I like that in a dame.

Favorite quote:

“Look Dave, I know she’s strictly high-rent, and I’m broke, but I can’t forget her that easy.” Benny McBride

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 28, 2017.

5 Responses to “Day 28 of Noirvember: Armored Car Robbery (1950)”

  1. Fun stuff! To be honest, I like him as Hamilton Burger too.

  2. Good call. Really a “B” gem crime film with a sterling silver screen cast of “B” character performers among of which
    Douglas Fowley deserves special praise
    for unforgettable performances in
    two MGM classics, BATTLEGROUND
    (remember his chattering dentures) and
    SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (he was the director who took the studio from silents to sound in knickers)🤓👍🏽🎬

  3. Love, love this movie. Adore Charles McGraw. Great cast. Don’t you just love Adele’s name, Yvonne LeDoux. Suits the character perfectly.
    Boy, did it all go wrong for Dave Purvis despite his meticulous planning.
    Where has the month gone too. Only two more days of Noirvember. Wish you could carry on indefinitely!

  4. I know what you mean. Purvis is one cool customer, but Yvonne is more than a match for him.

  5. You gotta love that film noir dialogue, e.g. talking about a “dame” who’s “high rent”. Sadly, they just don’t write ’em like that anymore, do they?

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