Man In The Vault

Synopsis: There's $200,000 in a Los Angeles safety-deposit box that mobster Willis Trent would like to have, so he gets two-timing, double-dealing Flo Randall to get the box number for him. He offers locksmith Tommy Dancer $5,000 to make the key but Tommy refuses. Trent threatens to harm Tommy's girl friend, Betty Turner, and Tommy gives in and goes to the bank. In a few nerve-racking minutes, Tommy makes the key and pockets the $200,000 for himself. Trent sends word that he has kidnapped Betty and the ransom is $200,000.
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: Universal
73 min

Hi, Herbie.

Morning, Mr. Trent.

- Morning, Herbie. Any luck?

- Plenty.

- "Tommy Dancer." Is he fast?

- Fast?

See these?

Well, I've had twice as many

made for the car in the past week.

And not one of those clowns

can hold a candle to this kid.

Herbie, I need a man for a job,

a key job.

Tommy Dancer.

If he is half the man you say he is...

we ought not to have any trouble at...

- De Camp!

- Shut up.

- Answer it, you stupid...

- Hello?

- Farraday?

- Yes?

Listen to me. De Camp is back.

What is it, darling?

De Camp.

- Hello, Paul.

- What are you doing here, Trent?

- Didn't Farraday tell you?

- Tell me? Tell me what?

He said you were going to be

out of town for a couple of weeks...

and we could use the pool

till you got back.

I'm back.

I know, Paul.

Look, I detest being rude.

But I think you and your...

Your friends had better go.


Good day.

Now, about this locksmith,

Tommy Dancer.

Too bad you had to blow

that fifth frame.

Fifth frame.

It's liable to cost you the game, Tommy.

I'm Andy. That's Tommy.

- Nice going.

- Thanks.

- Who's the kibbitzer?

- Never saw him before.

You wanna stay downwind

of that cigar, brother. It's murder.

Tough luck.

I got it all figured out for you.

Look, if he blows this frame...

you can still win

if you strike out in the 10th.

Thanks a lot.

But I got $5 says you can't do it, though.

I'll still bet you.

You wouldn't care to make that $10,

would you?

Why not? I'm a form player.

I size you up as a guy

who goes to pieces in the stretch.

- Andy?

- Yeah?

- Got $10 on you?

- I guess so.

Lend it to me.

That beats me.

- Looks like I was wrong about you.

- Yeah, you sure were.

Got time for another game?

No, no, I've had it.

Look, I'll take care of this.

- Thanks. See you around.

- Okay.

- What's your racket, Tommy?

- Racket?

Your line. What do you do for a living?

I'm a locksmith.

Put that out, Happy.

Looks like this is your lucky night.

First you beat me out of $10...

and now it turns out

you're just the man I'm looking for.

I don't follow you.

- You say you're a locksmith.

- That's right.

Well, it so happens I need a key.

I got a footlocker.

Lost the key a while back.

Hate to break into it if I don't have to.


Stop around sometime. Anytime.

I'll make it worth your while.

Good night, Tommy.

- Hey, wait a minute.

- Yes?

I'm not doing anything right now.

Well, this is your lucky night.

Here, I'll pay for this.

- Look, I'll follow you.

- Why take two cars?

Okay, I'll get my toolbox.

Join the party, Happy.

I throw one of these

every once in a while.

Takes care of my social obligations.

This way, Tommy.

There it is.

- Army footlocker, isn't it?

- Yes.

Do you just want it opened,

or you want it opened with a key?

With a key.

There you are.

You could have bought

a new trunk for less.

It has a certain sentimental value.

I bought it the day

I was rejected by the Army.

- Take it.

- Okay.

- How about joining the party?

- No, I'd better be going.

Come on, stay for one drink.

- All right, maybe one.

- Good.


- Here you are.

- Thank you.

You get loosened up,

find yourself a girlfriend.

Honey, how about singing

my favorite song?

Let the chips fall

where they may

I'll always be

wild about you

The starry-eyed child about you

am I

Let the chips fall

where they may

I still have the world

on a string

A bird with a heart

on the wing

am I

Just like

a storybook

I got that

happy ending look

A look that means

my love

is here

to stay

Let the chips fall

where they may

I'll never

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