The men get away unseen, but a police manhunt quickly begins. Dix and Doc take the loot to Emmerich, who confesses he needs some more time to raise the cash they had expected. He had sent a private detective named Bob Brannom (Brad Dexter) to collect sums owed to him, but Brannom returned only with excuses.Emmerich then plotted to double cross the others with Brannom's help (for an equal share).Emmerich suggests to Doc that he leave the jewelry with him, but Doc and Dix become suspicious. Dix is able to kill Brannom, but not without being wounded himself.
Ciavelli only trusts Gus Minissi (James Whitmore), a hunchbacked diner owner, as the getaway driver.
The final member of the gang is Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden), a friend of Gus.
Dix explains his ultimate goal to Doll Conovan (Jean Hagen), who is in love with him.
His dream is to buy back the horse farm that his father lost during the Great Depression.
Dix, however, just keeps losing his ill-gotten gains betting on the horses via Cobby. During the meticulously planned crime (an 11-minute sequence in the film), the criminals carry out their work in a calm, professional manner.
Ciavelli hammers through a brick wall to get into the jewelry store, deactivates a door alarm to let in Doc and Dix, and then opens the main safe in minutes using home-brewed nitroglycerine ("the soup").
Unfortunately, the explosion somehow sets off the alarms of nearby businesses and brings the police to the scene more quickly than expected.
On their way out, Dix has to slug an arriving security guard, who drops his revolver, which discharges and wounds Ciavelli in the belly.
The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston.