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Five Against the House
     

Five Against the House

Director: Phil Karlson

Cast: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith

 
In this film noir, five college students laughingly devise a perfect plan for robbing a casino in Reno. At first they do it just to pass the time, but one of them is deeply in debt and becoming increasingly distraught about it. He successfully cajoles his peers into carrying through with their plans.

Overview

In this film noir, five college students laughingly devise a perfect plan for robbing a casino in Reno. At first they do it just to pass the time, but one of them is deeply in debt and becoming increasingly distraught about it. He successfully cajoles his peers into carrying through with their plans.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A little-known but enjoyable caper film, Five Against the House also has a bit of a film noir feeling to it -- which probably helps to explain why it's not better known. Had it either gone further in the direction of a lighthearted heist film or further in the direction of gritty, psychological noir tale, it may or may not have been a better film, but it would definitely have been easier to peg. Still, its sometimes-uneasy mixture of these genres is part of what gives it a special character. Five takes its time revving up; the first half hour is a lot of exposition, not always as well handled by its trio of screenwriters and director Phil Karlson as might be desired. But once it gets in gear, Five flies by with only a few missteps here and there. And while the caper is the hook, Five also gives enough flesh to its characters to make it an interesting study of some unlikely friends. Kim Novak is the big name here (although she was a nobody at the time of the film's release), and she turns in a fine performance. Guy Madison, Alvy Moore and Kerwin Mathews all are good as well, but it's Brian Keith whose work is the most interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
UPC:
0043396422957
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
45,213

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Madison Al Mercer
Kim Novak Kay Greylek
Brian Keith Brick
Alvy Moore Roy
William Conrad Eric Berg
Kerwin Mathews Ronnie
Jean Willes Virginia
John Zaremba Robert Fenton
George Brand Jack Roper
Mark Hanna Brad Lacey
Carroll McComas Mrs. Valent
Hugh Sanders Pat Winters
Jack Diamond Francis Spieglebauer

Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
John Barnwell Screenwriter
William Bowers Screenwriter
George Duning Score Composer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Stirling Silliphant Producer,Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Thoms Editor
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Lester White Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 5 Against the House
1. Chapter 1 [10:11]
2. Chapter 2 [9:51]
3. Chapter 3 [10:39]
4. Chapter 4 [9:35]
5. Chapter 5 [10:22]
6. Chapter 6 [8:55]
7. Chapter 7 [9:47]
8. Chapter 8 [13:47]

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