May have inspired Affleck’s The Town a bit. Also a bit similar to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (the original at least). A bank heist is masterminded. The big man in charge wears a mask when he hires Pete Harris (Jack Elam), Tony Romano (a young Lee Van Cleef), and Boyd Kane (Neville Brand). They are to wear masks when they pull off the crime so they won’t know each other. They each are given a ripped in half playing card as their calling card for divvying up the take later in Mexico. We know that they each have their recognizable characteristics. We know that the mastermind is Tim Foster (Preston Foster) and later find out he is an ex-cop. Joe Rolfe (John Payne) works for a flower delivery service and drives a truck identical to the one the bank robbers use for their get away. After being roughed up by the cops and then released when his innocent story checks out, he goes after the real criminals. He wants in on the four way split of the cash. At a resort in Mexico the mugs start gathering to claim their share and it is obvious they won’t have too hard of a time identifying each other. But will they figure out who the mastermind is? Foster strangely doesn’t seem to be aware that something is amiss when Rolfe claims the name Harris, even though he knows the men he hired. It turns out there is more to his plan. Foster’s daughter is a wild card in the mix. She arrives to visit her dad on his regular fishing trip as a surprise and starts a relationship with Harris/Rolfe. There is a lot of shuffling of who will come out on top. Much of the dialog and action is hard-bitten and enjoyable. Compared to Detour though, another entry in the Film Noir Collector’s Edition DVD’s, there are moments like the end when it lightens and becomes more melodramatic.