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The Walking Target

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The Walking Target
"The Walking Target" (1960).jpg
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Written byStephen Kandel
Produced byEdward Small (executive)
Robert E. Kent
StarringJoan Evans
Merry Anders
Ronald Foster
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byCharles Seel
Grant Whytock
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Robert E. Kent Productions (as Zenith Pictures)
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 1960 (1960-10)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Walking Target is a 1960 crime film directed by Edward L. Cahn and starring Joan Evans, Merry Anders, and Ronald Foster. The screenplay concerns an ex-con who gets out of prison looking for the $260,000 he hid before he was arrested, and finds unexpected romance with the widow of his former partner in crime.[1][2][3]


When Nick Harbin is released from prison after five years, he refuses to tell the prison governor where he stashed the $260,000 he stole in a payroll heist which left his two accomplices dead. It's clear nobody will let that amount of money disappear, as he is met from jail by reporters, police, and his old girlfriend Sue, who acts keen to take up with Nick again.

Nick and Sue drive out to Nick's old house (tailed by the police) where they find Dave, another friend. Both Sue and Dave are a little too keen to find the money, and with good reason - they are now a couple, and working for Arnie Hoffman, a local gangster, to get the money.

Nick manages to shake off the cops and find his way to the home of Sammy Russo, one of his deceased partners and Nick's one real love, Sammy's widow Gail. He finds the house empty, but a vagrant living in the old garage guides Nick to a small town in Arizona, where he finds Gail back working in her family restaurant. She isn't happy to see him, but realises he's changed in prison and slowly warms to him. Nick is tired of the pressure, and offers Gail all the money to do with as she wants, just so he can live peacefully. They decide to hand it all in to the police in the morning, having retrieved it from inside the frame of Gail's car, where it was stashed after the raid.

When Dave and Hoffman show up with a heavy to force Nick to hand over the money, threatening to beat Gail until he does, the police turn up just in time to save them. Nick tells the police where the money is, and then embraces Gail.



  1. ^ "The Walking Target (1960) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ "The Walking Target". BFI. Archived from the original on 2012-07-27.
  3. ^ "The Walking Target (1960) directed by Edward L. Cahn • Film + cast • Letterboxd".

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