Edited by Gordon Gates on 7/4/2016, 8:09 am
Peter Reynolds is a bottom feeder thug who makes a living stealing purses and the like. While trying to sell some jewellery to the local fence, Sydney Tafler, he is offered a job for some real loot. The local heavy mob needs a wheel man to drive the getaway vehicle for a bank heist.
The plan is simple and there should not be any problems. They will enter the bank at closing, hold the workers at gunpoint, then empty the safe. Reynolds jumps at the chance to move up in the underworld. Of course nothing is ever that simple and someone is killed. Other than the murder, the job goes like clockwork and the crooks get away clean.
Reynolds takes his cut of the score and the group splits up. Not being the smartest lad around, Reynolds starts flashing a huge roll. He pays up his back rent, gets a fancy suit, buys all the drinks and spends a wad on his girl. All this of course catches the interest of the local cops. He is pulled in for a spot of questioning by the detectives. The cops are unable to prove he was involved in the robbery and let him loose.
His spending has also annoyed the mob. They had told him to lay low and not spend the cash till things chill. They send their hit-man to have a few "words" about keeping silent. Reynolds just manages to turn the tables on the killer and escape. Leaving the dead man in his apartment, Reynolds hits the streets in a panic.
Now what to do? He heads for his girl's place. The girlfriend, Sandra Dorne, is less than happy to help until he offers the rest of his robbery take. Dorne pours Reynolds a stiff drink and cuddles up to him. She soon gets the whole robbery story and all the rest out of Reynolds. Dorne tells Reynolds she knows where he can get a passport and false papers. All he needs is more cash. She pours him another healthy belt and soon talks him into hitting the fence's safe.
She sends him out and starts packing her bags. She intends to relieve Reynolds of anything he returns with and head to France. Reynolds calmly walks into Tafler's place, sticks a gun in his ribs and hustles him into his office. "The rest of the bank take or die!" says Reynolds. Tafler hands over the loot. Reynolds, with a "top of the world" grin, heads for the door just as Tafler pulls a hidden gun and blows his head off.
The office door is then kicked in and the police rush in. Tafler is cuffed and led off. The police of course had been following Reynolds since they let him go. The film ends with a shot of Dorne sitting on her suitcases waiting for Reynolds to return.
Surprisingly good low budget programmer from the UK. It has a real early TV look to it which actually helps. And at 61 minutes it does not overstay it's welcome. Reynolds is quite good as the hapless crook who just digs himself deeper into trouble. Sydney Tafler always makes the most of these villain roles while Dorne turns in a decent bit as the girlfriend.
Directed by Maxwell Munden. A low rent, but quite watchable time-waster. (b/w)