what is inside?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #26
What is inside?
What is inside the armoured car so strongly guarded by the coppers? The rule is that every Monday I post one pop culture quiz question, but as the last times, and today, they were solved just too fast I decided to post a second one today. Obviously my riddles are too easy—now dig your teeth into this one!
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UPDATE and solution (27 April 2012):
Now that really was a tough one and it needed some hints from my side, but then Alexander Rabitsch got the movie, and the very next moment ryoku posted the solution :D Inside the armoured car is the crown of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, which is about to be driven from San Francisco harbour to the Fremont Museum. The scene is from the last of the Mr.-Moto movies starring Peter Lorre, Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Foster 1939). Here is Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto with the crown:
 
Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre) with the crown of Bilqis, Queen of Sheba, in 'Mr. Moto takes a Vacation' (Foster 1939)

FOSTER, NORMAN. 1939. Mr. Moto takes a vacation [motion picture]. Los Angeles: 20th Century Fox.
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  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 24th April 2012 at 11:59

    >>Armored Car Robbery<<?? :D

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 24th April 2012 at 12:05

      No, it’s not ‘Armored Car Robbery’ (Fleischer 1950) … that would have been a bit too easy, don’t you think? :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 24th April 2012 at 15:05

    a play on words :>

  • alhambra Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 10:38

    but is it a film noir, too?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 11:10

      Well, that ultimately is a question of definition, but IMDb indeed has the movie tagged as ‘film noir.’ Still, the movie was made slightly before the period of classic film noir, lacks certain symptoms of canonical film noir, but features others. Then again the lead is played by an actor whose performances decisively helped to create film noir, and who forever will be associated with it.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 14:27

    So we have to expect either Bogart or Edward G. Robinson as actor ….

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 14:33

      Neither nor … :)

  • alhambra Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 14:58

    Alan Ladd?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 15:22

      Nope, it’s not Alan Ladd.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 19:34

    So if you say the movie was made before the classic film noir era … it was made before 1940 ?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 19:38

    Featuring Robert Mitchum?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 07:57

      Yes, it was made slightly before 1940, very slightly before. But, no, not featuring Robert Mitchum. With Edward G. Robinson, Alan Ladd, and Humphrey Bogart you all already were on the right track concerning the actor’s body height.

  • alhambra Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 09:15

    John Garfield?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 09:21

      No, it isn’t John Garfield, sorry :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 10:22

    Damn …. :) 1939 or 1938 the movie was made?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 10:45

      1939 it was. And here’s a little hint: In respect to the lead actor think about someone who has not always been in the US. And, by the way—I do like seeing you suffer :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:02

    Of course …. :D László Loewenstein / Peter Lorre is the actor?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:09

      This is absolutely correct, yes, Peter Lorre it is! :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:21

    o.k. that helps a lot ;)
    One of the Mr. Moto movies?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:24

    mr. Moto takes a vacation?

  • ryoku Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:25

    …and the treasure inside the armored car is the crown of the queen of sheba.
    finally! :D

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:27

    Typing kind o´ faster than me! xD

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:27

    The crown shall be taken to the Fremont Museum ….

  • ryoku Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:29

    congratz mr. rabitsch!

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:31

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha :D This is just wonderful, ryoku beats Alexander Rabitsch on the finishing line! Absolutely correct, it is ‘Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation’ (Foster 1939) and the heavily guarded artefact inside the armored car is the crown of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, which is about to be driven from San Francisco harbour to the Fremont Museum. Congratulations to ryoku and Alexander Rabitsch!

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:31

    :D ´t was a hard way …. gotta rest now!

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:31

      Your rest is rightfully earned!

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:37

    (-_-)zzz….

  • ryoku Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 11:41

    i wouldn’t dream of depriving alexander rabitsch of his much deserved win – i just couldn’t resist to sneak that comment in :))

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 20:12

    I presented it on a plate … ;) Lets say: >>Action Simultanée<< :D