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|Directed by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Produced by||Bryan Foy|
|Screenplay by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Narrated by||Edmon Ryan|
|Music by||William Lava|
|Edited by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
A gang of robbers are terrorizing and robbing banks and payrolls in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The gang's leader, George, seems to take particular delight in "bumping off" women who cross him. The film starts with comments from then-governors of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland about how crime doesn't pay.
- Steve Cochran as George Legenza
- Virginia Grey as Mary Simms
- Gaby André as Lee
- Edmon Ryan as Detective Sgt. Truscott and the film's narrator
- Robert Webber as William B. 'Bill' Phillips
- Wally Cassell as Robert 'Bobby' Mais
- Aline Towne as Madeline Welton
- Richard Egan as Herbie Brooks
- Edward Norris as Noyes Hinton, gang driver
According to Warner Bros records the film earned $759,000 domestically and $845,000 foreign.
When the film was first released, The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther caustically panned it, writing, "The most disturbing and depressing of the many depressing things about the Strand's current Warner Brothers' shocker, Highway 301, is the fact that governors in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina endorse this cheap gangster melodrama as an effective deterrent to crime. In forewords which are personally delivered by Maryland's lame-duck Governor Lane and by Virginia's and North Carolina's Governors Battle and Scott, respectively, these eminent and honorable officials convey the solemn idea that what you are about to see is something that will prove to you how profitless crime is ... However, the whole thing, concocted and directed by Andrew L. Stone, is a straight exercise in low sadism. And the reactions at the Strand yesterday among the early audience, made up mainly of muscular youths, might have shocked and considerably embarrassed the governors mentioned above."
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, writing, "Andrew Stone (Julie/Cry Terror!/The Steel Trap) effectively directs this enjoyable action-filled B film crime drama that wants us to know that 'crime doesn't pay.'"
- Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 31 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
- Highway 301 at the TCM Movie Database.
- Crowther, Bosley (December 9, 1950). "THE SCREEN; Standard Crime Film". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- Schwartz, Dennis (February 3, 2011). "Enjoyable action-filled B film crime drama that wants us to know that 'crime doesn't pay.'". Ozus' World Movie Reviews. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
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