Tucker (Edward Platt, who would become famous as “Chief” from Get Smart) operates a Hollywood beatnik coffee house as a cover-up for his robbery activities.
His associate, Sidney Horner (Ned Glass), recruits three beatniks – unsuccessful actor John Mapes (Gregg Palmer); unsuccessful writer Ray Miller (John Lupton); and the ne’er-do-well son of a film star, George Leland (Don Sullivan) – to assist in a holdup of an armoured bank car in Chicago during the stopover of a train from LA to New York.
The robbery is successful, but Tucker plans a double cross. Ray and George are killed, and when Mapes learns Tucker is responsible, he helps the police in a chase, which ends in Tucker being electrocuted by a live wire.
Mapes knows he will receive leniency when he stands trial for his part in the robbery.
It’s by no means a classic, but it’s an enjoyable B movie – and contains some of the most comically bad dancing this side of Kath and Kim.
Gene Fowler Jr.