Released in America in 1928 as Armored Vault, this Lupu Pick production was originally distributed in 1926 under the title Das Panzergewolbe. A typical Pick exercise in minimalist expressionism, the entire story is played out in "real time." Heinrich George plays Stuart Webbs, a brilliant detective who is so feared by the underworld that he is approached with bribes and threats even before they commit their crimes. On this occasion, Webbs must figure out when a gang of particularly clever robbers are going to knock over the armored vault of the title. The villains' "motivation" is sublimely silly: they hope to steal all the real money in the bank so that they can flood the city with counterfeit bills. Former MGM leading lady Mary Nolan plays the heroine.
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