The film stars: Sterling Hayden (eight Classic Noir), Louis Calhern, James Whitmore (Crime in the Streets (1956)), Sam Jaffe, John McIntire (eight Classic Noir), Marilyn Monroe (Don't Bother to Knock 1952), Niagara (1953)), Anthony Caruso (Night Editor (1946), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Scene Of The Crime 1949)), Marc Lawrence (three Classic Noir) and Jean Hagen (Side Street (1950), No Questions Asked (1951)).
The film also has cameos of actors who will become well known in film and TV in the 60s and 70s, Brad Dexter (The Magnificent Seven), Frank Cady (Sam Drucker in The Beverly Hillbillies), Ray Teal (Bonanza), Jack Warden (Twelve Angry Men), and Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke).
The Asphalt Jungle tells the story of Dix "don't bone me" Handley (Sterling Hayden), and "Doc" Riedenschneider (Jaffe), a legendary crime "brain," both of whom are just out of prison. Doc has a can't miss, pen hatched plan, for a million-dollar diamond burglary in the Ohio River town of Cincinnati.
There is a short establishing sequence showing The Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River Levee with the PCN and Carew Towers in the background, but the majority of the film was shot in L.A.'s Bunker Hill neighborhood.
|Roebling Bridge and Ohio River Levee|
|Levee with PCN and the Art Deco Carew Tower in the background|
|"Doc" Riedenschneider (Jaffe)|
|Cobby (Marc Lawrence)|
|Dix Handley (Hayden)|
|Alonzo Emmerich (Calhern) and Cobby|
|2nd Street, Bunker Hill, LA filling in for Cincinnati|
|Frank Cady at far left|
|L.A. Gas Works|
|Private Detective Bannon (Dexter)|
|Angela (Marilyn Monroe) and "Uncle" Emerich|
|Emerich and Police Commissioner Hardy (McIntire)|
|Doll Conovan (Jean Hagen)|
|Louis The Box Man (Anthony Caruso)|
|notice the L.A. City Hall to the left|