"Million Dollar Pursuit" (1951) is an impressive and genuine crime film noir out of Republic Studios. Into one hour it packs the buildup and planning of a department store heist, the daylight robbery itself by a gang of five men and the aftermath. The structure is broadly similar to "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) but this story very much goes its own way. The story's logical flow is sound. It's direct, swift and unsentimental. Characters come across clearly. Violence is not skirted, nor its sources, rational and irrational, thought out and emotional.
Many movie fans will probably recognize Don Beddoe, Rhys Williams, Denver Pyle and Penny Edwards in the capable cast. In the clear and sharp print I watched, the noir cinematography was very evident, enhancing the movie too.