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

Do you drive?

Well, where to?

I'd like a drink.

Several drinks.

Got any suggestions?



Make yourself at home.

Bourbon or scotch?

- Scotch and water.

- Okay.

- There you are.

- Thank you.

- Too strong?

- Just right.

Silly, isn't it? Being here like this.

I don't even know your name.

Tommy. Tommy Dancer.

Mine's Betty Turner.

- You a friend of Willis Trent, Tommy?

- Nope.

Hired me to open a trunk for him.

I'm a locksmith.

It's not a very exciting job,

but it's steady.

You know, you'd be surprised

how many things...

people manage

to lock themselves out of.

Apartments, cars, garages.

Even had to pick my way

into a woman's diary one time.

Sounds exciting.

That could have been,

but she was looking over my shoulder.

I didn't get a chance to read it.

- What about you?

- Me?

Sure. I'm a locksmith.

You've got to be something.

Well, I don't... what is it?

Punch a time clock,

if that's what you mean.

Didn't think you did.

- The stole belongs to me. I paid for it.

- Good for you.

- The Cadillac, too.

- Good.

I'm 23, single. I live in Beverly Hills.

With my parents.

They disapprove of everything I do...

everyone I know, everywhere I go.

The only reason I stay with them

is because they give me anything I want.


Anything except that guy at the party

tonight, you mean, don't you?

What was his name?

Farraday, yeah, that was it.

I think I ought to be going.

What's your hurry?

I didn't come up here

to talk about Earl Farraday.

Why did you come?



All right, all right.

I'm coming, I'm coming.

- Morning, Tommy.

- Morning.

- May we come in?

- Sure. Sure, come on in.

You left the party early last night.

- I guess I did.

- Too bad.

- Things got quite lively after you left.

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Burt Kennedy (September 3, 1922 – February 15, 2001) was an American screenwriter and director known mainly for directing Westerns. Budd Boetticher called him "the best Western writer ever." more…

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