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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 1 July 1949 (USA)
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

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Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing. Written by <timbo@netcom.com>

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Cais da Maldição  »

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$780,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The shooting schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate Robert Mitchum's 43 day stay in prison for marijuana possession. See more »

Goofs

When Duke Halliday falls off the side of Jim Fiske's car, he lands on his left arm and is seen rubbing it. In the next scene, while speaking to Inspector General Ortega, Halliday is rubbing his right arm. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Duke Halliday: [about the policeman] Come on! Get this guy out of my neck.
Joan Graham: Get him off yourself, you speak Spanish.
Lt. Ruiz: [in Spanish] Miss, do you know this man?
Joan Graham: [in Spanish] I've never seen him before.
Lt. Duke Halliday: What did you say to him?
Joan Graham: I've told him that we're complete strangers.
Lt. Duke Halliday: [in Spanish to the police officer] No, no. This is my woman... my wife.
Joan Graham: Wait a minute!
Lt. Ruiz: [in Spanish] Then both of you come to the Inspector General office.
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Mitchum and Greer together again in a great fun film.
7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

'The Big Steal' sees Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer team up again after their earlier Noir classic 'Out Of The Past', which is still one of the greatest Film Noirs ever made. 'The Big Steal' isn't as good, that's a fact, but it's a very different kind of movie, and comparing the two is a bit unfair. It's much lighter in tone and approach. Still Mitchum and Greer make a great team and it's a pity they didn't work together more. Director Don Siegel went on to make 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers', 'The Killers' and 'Dirty Harry', all great favourites of mine, but 'The Big Steal' is just as good and is not to be overlooked. It's a great piece of entertainment and also features a very good performance by William Bendix, who I also really enjoyed in Hitchcock's underrated 'Lifeboat'. Forget about 'Out Of The Past' and just enjoy 'The Big Steal' for what it is, a thriller that is a great fun film.


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