Great Britain and Film Noir ? After watching a collection of Hammer
B Noir you could believe that wasn't the case, but this film, Payroll
tell another story, a great and paceful Heist crime movie in a late
Film Noir style. Yeah, made in 1961 makes it too late to be a Film Noir.
The Heist movie - Good or Bad?
Sometimes Good as in the Mother of all Heist films -
Rififi (Du Rififi chez les hommes, 1955) by Jules Dassin but often Bad.
All these grave silent men with sweaty foreheads welding their way into
some bank or other, and with close-ups of some wrist-watch
and of the time ticking away. Yeah, let's throw in some more close-ups
of drops of sweat too, very suspenseful, very ....
and the worst type of Heist films are for sure the idiotic big-budgeted
one's with Bad star actors in sleeping pills as Ocean's Eleven or
MI where you know that everything will go as plan, success guaranteed
But, when you have absolutely No Idea about the outcome
of the Heist, if it will go to hell or not, if the criminals will turn
on each other
or if a beautiful and rotten Femme Fatale will turn up and spread chaos,
then it's probably a good Heist movie.
And, if there are elements of Film Noir to it too, then we're talking,
and Payroll is just this - a Heist film and a late Film Noir.
The Kneale's Bodyworks Robbery
The 4 Bad Guys of the film, the brain and leader Johnny
Mellors (a brilliant Michael Craig), Monty (Kenneth
Griffith), Blackie (Tom Bell)
and Bert, plan a Heist against an armored car with valuables, money,
over 100 000 pound for a company's wage payments.
The armored car is supposedly a new Foolproof model, but Johnny has
got some inside information about it's construction from the
office-rat Dennis (William Lucas) a coward with a much to snazzy wife,
french beauty Cathy (Francois Prevost). She despices
but maybe love will come if he only get's some money, something he does
by copying the secret documents about the armored car.
The highlight of the film is the daring Heist, a sardine
can opening operation. Then the dance around the loot starts and a femme
enters the game and Set-Ups are being planned. Great Stuff and very
entertaining. I had never heard about this film as it seems to be
unjustly obscure and forgotten, but it's very good, snappy with pace
and Michael Craig and Francois Prevost are fine as rotten perps.
Maybe not with enough desperation to be called Film Noir but still a
fine Heist movie done in a late Noir style.
Presented in widescreen 1.66:1, english audio mono,
black & white with no extras