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(aka "The Big Stickup" )

 

directed by Andrew L. Stone
USA 1950

 

Warner Bros. forgotten 1950 film Highway 301 is a bit of a hybrid of old WB gangster and film noir - which was then at its peak. Star Steve Cochran - who naturally looked like a former thug from the streets - plays George Legenza the leader of a gang of not-too-bright bank robbers blandly dubbed The Tri-State Gang.
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Critic Roger Ebert wrote that a great film is a film that has three great scenes and no bad ones. If you follow that guideline then Highway 301 isn't a great film. However, a few well-handled suspense scenes and some fine performances by Cochran, Webber, Richard Egan, Wally Cassell, and especially the actresses Virginia Grey and Gaby André make Highway 301 a crime thriller worth seeking out.

Excerpt of review from Steve-O (Film Noir of the Week) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 1 December 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:57
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September, 2009
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Chapters 9

 

 

Comments

A very strong progressive transfer with very minimal damage that would not be out of place on any Warner's Film Noir collections.

Unfortunately, Warner released it as part of Warner Archive collection, so no subtitles, no extras (not even a trailer), but this highly enjoyable film is still very recommended.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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