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Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1950 (USA)
Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them


Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)


Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)


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Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... George Legenza
Virginia Grey ... Mary Simms
Gaby André ... Lee Fontaine (as Gaby Andre)
Edmon Ryan ... Detective Sgt. Truscott / Narrator
Robert Webber ... William B. 'Bill' Phillips
Wally Cassell ... Robert 'Bobby' Mais
Aline Towne ... Madeline Welton
Richard Egan ... Herbie Brooks
Edward Norris ... Noyes Hinton
William P. Lane Jr. William P. Lane Jr. ... Maryland Governor William P. Lane Jr. (as Governor William P. Lane Jr.)
John S. Battle John S. Battle ... Virginia Governor John. S. Battle (as Gov. John S. Battle)
W. Kerr Scott W. Kerr Scott ... North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott (as Governor W. Kerr Scott)


During the late 1940s, a gang of armed-robbers, known as The Tri-State Gang, terrorizes banks and payroll-vans in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The five members of the gang, all of whom have long police records, are George Legenza, William B. Phillips, Robert Mais, Herbie Brooks and Noyes Hinton. The gang leader, George Legenza, is particularly vicious and takes pleasure in killing robbery-witnesses as well as bank guards. During a bank robbery, a witness notices the get-away car's license-plate but only partially. The police sets-up road-blocks and verifies the identity of all persons fitting the robbers' description as well as their car's partially-known license-plate, model and color. A special police unit, led by Detective Sgt. Truscott, is tasked with apprehending the robbers. All five mobsters have girlfriends to pass their spare-time but these women are not aware of the gang's criminal activities. When one of the girlfriends, a Canadian, gets wind of these crimes, she ... Written by nufs68

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The Whole Blazing Story of the Tri-State Gang! (original poster) See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Million Dollar Bank Robbery See more »


Box Office


$530,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The armored car robbery took place on the ramp to the second floor parking lot in the back of Union Station. See more »


After the bank robbery, a police officer finds the getaway car and calls it in to his headquarters by radio, using the call sign "KMA 367". The robbery takes place in North Carolina, but the "KMA 367" call sign--assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)--is for the Los Angeles (CA) Police Dept. Call signs beginning with "K" are issued to departments on the West Coast, not the East Coast; East Coast departments are issued call signs beginning with "W". See more »


Madeline Welton: For three days I'm locked up in a hotel while you're away on a *business trip*. Mustn't talk to anyone; can't go out. Just wait, wait. What am I supposed to do, make faces in the looking glass?
George Legenza: Why don't you do what Mary does? Listen to the radio.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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a real humdinger of a cops and robber movie.
6 February 2007 | by sharynordon-1See all my reviews

I saw this very exciting and fast paced gangster movie over 50 years ago and remember it fondly to this very day. I even remember the theater I saw it in on a Saturday matinée. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and the action never lets up. It's a classic Steve Cochran performance. A real bad apple with no redeeming qualities. Andrew L. Stone directed which is really no surprise because he specialized in action and suspense films which don't allow the viewer to take a deep breath such as the Last Voyage, Cry Terror and Blueprint for Murder. This is the kind of cops and robbers film that they don't make any more.

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