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I Died a Thousand Times
     

I Died a Thousand Times

Director: Stuart Heisler

Cast: Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson

 

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I Died a Thousand Times is a scene-by-scene remake of the 1941 crime-drama classic High Sierra. Jack Palance steps into the old Humphrey Bogart role as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle, the ageing bank robber who intends to pull off one last heist before retiring. Sprung from prison by likeable crime boss Big Mac (Lon Chaney Jr.), Earle is commissioned to mastermind

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I Died a Thousand Times is a scene-by-scene remake of the 1941 crime-drama classic High Sierra. Jack Palance steps into the old Humphrey Bogart role as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle, the ageing bank robber who intends to pull off one last heist before retiring. Sprung from prison by likeable crime boss Big Mac (Lon Chaney Jr.), Earle is commissioned to mastermind the robbery of a resort hotel. His partners in crime include the hotheaded, immature Babe (Lee Marvin) and Red (Earl Holliman), as well as "inside man" Mendoza (Perry Lopez). Also along for the ride is Marie (Shelley Winters), a dance-hall girl whom Babe has picked up. Marie falls in love with Earle, but he has eyes only for Velma (Lori Nelson), the club-footed daughter of a farmer (Ralph Moody) whom Earle had earlier befriended. Intending to use his share of the loot to finance Velma's operation, Earle goes through with the robbery, only to be thwarted by the ineptitude of his partners, the treachery of the late Big Mac's successors, and, finally, the fickle Velma. With the faithful Marie by his side, Earle makes a desperate escape into the High Sierras, but fate is still against him. Essentially an itinerary of what has previously "clicked" in High Sierra, I Died a Thousand Times makes a few concessions to changing tastes and mores; the stereotype comedy-relief character played by black actor Willie Best in the original film, for example, has been replaced by the more "acceptable" (at least by 1950s terms) stereotyped Mexican played by Gonzales-Gonzales. While the 1955 film cannot match the excellence of its 1941 role model, I Died a Thousand Times works pretty well on its own terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
UPC:
0883316203514
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
36,183

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Roy Earle
Shelley Winters Marie Gibson
Lori Nelson Velma
Lee Marvin Babe Kossuck
Lon Chaney Big Mack
Earl Holliman Red
Perry Lopez Louis Mendoza
Dick Davalos Lon Preisser
Olive Carey Ma
Ralph Moody Pa
James Millican Jack Kranmer
Bill Kennedy Sheriff
Dennis Hopper Joe
Mae Clarke Mabel Baughman
Hugh Sanders Mr. Baughman
Dub Taylor Ed
Nick Adams Actor
Chris Alcaide Actor
Fay Baker People
Mary Benoit Actor
Larry Blake Healy
Nesdon Booth Actor
Paul Brinegar Bus Driver
Steven Darrell Detective
John Day Actor
Donald Dillaway Actor
Darren Dublin Bellboy
Myrna Fahey Margie
Ed Fury Tennis Player (Uncredited)
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez Chico
Howard Hoffman Fisherman
Larry Hudson Actor
Charles Anthony Hughes Actor
Hubie Kerns Actor
Peggy Maley Kranmer's Girl
David McMahon Owner of Auto Court
Joseph Millikin Kranmer
Dennis Moore Actor
Wendell Niles Radio Announcer
Gil Perkins Slim
John M. Pickard Deputy
Paul Power Actor
Richard Reeves Actor
Howard St. John Doc Banton
James Seay Man in Tropico Lobby
Mickey Simpson Officer
John Stephenson Pfeiffer
Herb Vigran Art
Charles Watts Actor
Karolee Kelly Cigar Counter Vendor
LaRue Farlow Actor

Technical Credits
Stuart Heisler Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Willis Goldbeck Producer
Chuck Hansen Asst. Director
Clarence Kolster Editor
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer

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