The St. Louis Bank Robbery
A homosexual ex-con hires an expelled college athlete to replace his former cellmate, now grown pudgy, as wheel man for the caper, the kid’s got a girl, her claustrophobic ex-con brother’s the fourth man.
Filmed on location where it all happened, a great anticipation of Fleischer’s In Cold Blood.
The “elderly actor” who plays the mastermind was a fresh face to Howard Thompson of the New York Times, Crahan Denton.
Steve McQueen gets top billing and earns it.
The inner workings of Richard T. Heffron’s screenplay were just so much Greek to Thompson, “neurotic” and “slightly absurd”, so he missed it, “the pacing is far too slow”.