Black Tuesday (1954)

black tuesday 1954

Edward G.Robinson leads a cast of familiar TV faces in this crime actioner that features more gunfire than the average war movie. Robinson seems to be doing a parody of his tough guy gangster roles. Among the cast look for Peter Graves, Milburn Stone, Warren Stevens, Vic Perrin, Russell Johnson, William Schallert, Paul Maxey, Frank Ferguson and Jack Kelly.

Vincent Canelli (Edward G.Robinson) and Peter Manning (Peter Graves) are due to go to the electric chair the same Tuesday night. The newspaper assigns new guy Frank Carson (Jack Kelly) to cover it. Canelli’s girlfriend Hatti (Jean Parker) holds the daughter of prison guard John Norris hostage. If Vince dies so does his daughter.

The governor offers Manning a deal.  Manning is a cop killer who robbed a bank of twenty grand. He’ll give him a ten day reprieve so his lawyer can file an appeal if Manning tells them where the money is hidden. No deal.

A couple of Vince’s boys kidnap Carson and Joey Stewart (Warren Stevens) poses as Carson as a witness at the prison. Manning was to go first but Vince cheats on a coin toss and takes the lead. As he walks the last mile the break out plan goes into action. That includes freeing the other three prisoners on death row.

They almost make it out but after a shouted warning the gunfire starts. John Norris is killed and Manning is wounded. Doc Hart (Vic Perin), Father Slocum (Milburn Stone) and three others are used as hostages. On the way to their warehouse hideout Vince gives the three prisoners a gun and three bullets and tells them they’re on their own.

At the hideout Vince has a pilot ready to fly them out of there in a few hours. But first he wants Manning to get the money. He finally agrees after the doc fixes him up. To Vince’s surprise, Maning has it stashed in a bank safety deposit box. Hatti goes to the bank with him. On the way out Manning is starting to falter because of his wound. A guard sees his picture in the paper and sounds the alarm. Back at the warehouse it’s a standoff.

The movie comes across more like a two part TV episode of a 50’s cop show but it is just what it’s supposed to be. A simple story with lots of action.

Warren Stevens and Jack Kelly were both in 1956’s SF classic “Forbidden Planet.” Both became very familiar faces on TV. Kelly gained fame as Bart Maverick in “Maverick” (1957-62).

Along with acting,Vic Perrin did a lot of voiceover work on radio and TV. His most famous was the intro and outro to “The Outer Limits” (1963-65). He was the controlled voice..”There is nothing wrong with your television set.”

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2 Responses to Black Tuesday (1954)

  1. Joseph Nebus says:

    Edward G Robinson’s appearances on old-time radio shows, including dramatic ones in which he’s not deliberately portraying himself-as-a-character, seem to be remarkably about him playing against type. It’s an odd and fascinating sideline to his career.

  2. vintage45 says:

    I always enjoyed his comedic roles. He had a wide range and is always fun to watch. Of course it was a real stretch watching him play a Chinese character in “The Hatchet Man” but still fun.

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