ⓘ Highway 301 (film)

                                     

ⓘ Highway 301 (film)

Highway 301 is an American 1950 crime drama film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, and starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby Andre and Edmon Ryan.

                                     

1. Plot

A gang of robbers are terrorizing and robbing banks and payrolls in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The gangs leader, George, seems to take particular delight in "bumping off" women who cross him. The film starts with comments from then-governors of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland about how crime doesnt pay.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Aline Towne as Madeline Welton
  • Virginia Grey as Mary Simms
  • Richard Egan as Herbie Brooks
  • Edmon Ryan as Detective Sgt. Truscott and the films narrator
  • Gaby Andre as Lee
  • Edward Norris as Noyes Hinton - Gang Driver
  • Steve Cochran as George Legenza
  • Wally Cassell as Robert Bobby Mais
  • Robert Webber as William B. Bill Phillips
                                     

3.1. Reception Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $759.000 domestically and $845.000 foreign.

                                     

3.2. Reception Critical response

When the film was first released, The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther caustically panned it, writing, "The most disturbing and depressing of the many depressing things about the Strands current Warner Brothers shocker, Highway 301, is the fact that governors in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina endorse this cheap gangster melodrama as an effective deterrent to crime. In forewords which are personally delivered by Marylands lame-duck Governor Lane and by Virginias and North Carolinas Governors Battle and Scott, respectively, these eminent and honorable officials convey the solemn idea that what you are about to see is something that will prove to you how profitless crime is. However, the whole thing, concocted and directed by Andrew L. Stone, is a straight exercise in low sadism. And the reactions at the Strand yesterday among the early audience, made up mainly of muscular youths, might have shocked and considerably embarrassed the governors mentioned above."

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, writing, "Andrew Stone Julie / Cry Terror! / The Steel Trap effectively directs this enjoyable action-filled B film crime drama that wants us to know that crime doesnt pay."