5 Against The House

5 Against The House

5 Against The House is a classic heist film in which a group of friends plot to steal from a casino after spending an evening there. The film was released in 1955 on the 10th of June, and was produced by Dayle Production.

Just under an hour and a half, 5 Against The House was praised by many critics, with many agreeing the film had strong dialogue and solid performances by the cast. Some, however, felt the film lacked sufficient character development and back story.

5 Against The House Cast

Ronnie is played by Kerwin Matthews, while Brick is portrayed by Brian Keith. Guy Madison and Alvy Moore portray Al and Roy respectively, while Kim Novak plays Al’s girlfriend, Kaye.

5 Against The House Plot

Four college friends, during a weekend off, decide to pay a visit to a famous casino, Harold’s Club. After playing various casino games and socialising, the group decide to leave, but find out that one of the group, Ronnie has lost all his money at a roulette table.

While cashing a check, they notice the cashier is being held at gunpoint, at which point the casino security bursts in and apprehends both the thief, Roy, and Ronnie believing all three are involved. Al, another member of the group, manages to convince the security officials that Roy and Ronnie are innocent, and the group leave the casino. Ronnie, while hearing the officials say that it would be impossible to rob the casino, hatches a plan to do just that.

After returning to college, the group starts a new term as normal, while Ronnie secretly plans a heist to steal money from Harold’s Casino. He eventually reveals his plans to Roy and Brick, and convinces them to help him carry out the heist, but insists that they will return the money after stealing it, so no one gets convicted. Ronnie uses his financial influence to get everything the group needs, but soon realises that they’ll need a fourth member to complete the robbery successfully.

The three friends agree that they cannot tell Al about the plan, as he would refuse, and instead decide to trick him into helping them. Al and his girlfriend, Kaye, get engaged in the meantime, and the entire group begin to drive to Reno to have the wedding. The three friends reveal their plans to Al and his girlfriend, who both quickly refuse to be a part of it. Brick, suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder due his time in the Korean War, pulls out a gun and forces everyone to participate in the heist.

The group pull off the robbery successfully, managing to retrieve all the money they can on their cash cart, while going unnoticed in the crowd as a festival goes on at the casino. Brick then takes the cart and escapes into the parking lot away from the others, but is quickly pursued by the others. In the parking lot, there is a stand off between Brick and the group, with Brick holding them at gunpoint. Al talks Brick into lowering the gun, and give up peacefully, and the police arrive shortly after to take Brick into custody. The rest of the group remain free, and the film ends with Al and Kaye embracing.

5 Against The House Cast

Ronnie is played by Kerwin Matthews, while Brick is portrayed by Brian Keith. Guy Madison and Alvy Moore portray Al and Roy respectively, while Kim Novak plays Al’s girlfriend, Kaye.

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