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I Am a Thief (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 November 1934 (USA)
A variety of suspicious characters try to get their hands on a priceless diamond necklace aboard the Orient Express.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Ralph Block (story), Doris Malloy (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Odette
Ricardo Cortez ... Pierre
Dudley Digges ... Col. Jackson
Robert Barrat ... Baron Von Kampf
Irving Pichel ... Count Trentini
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Daudet
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... M. Cassiet
Arthur Aylesworth ... Francois
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Mme. Cassiet
Frank Reicher ... Max Bolen
John Wray ... Antonio Porricci
Oscar Apfel ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

An insurance company hurt by a string of jewel thefts decides to smoke out the international community of thieves by putting the priceless Karenina diamond necklace up for auction. There are many interested parties, but jewel dealer Pierre Londais ultimately wins the bidding. Among the suspicious characters interested in the diamonds are a young woman named Odette Mauclair, a wealthy American named Colonel Jackson, and the mysterious Baron Von Kampf. There are robbery attempts at Londais's Paris hotel and later aboard the train to Istanbul. When the diamonds go missing, everyone aboard the train is a suspect. Written by Jimmy L.

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USA

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English | French | Russian

Release Date:

24 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladrões Internacionais See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dudley Digges, who plays the American Col. Jackson, was born in Dublin Ireland. See more »

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Suspense, Mystery, and Romance as Jewel Thieves Mix it Up on the Orient Express
16 March 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Well-done, fast-paced, slick, and fun mystery story about a pack of jewel thieves and assorted other characters aboard the Orient Express, all in hot pursuit of the famous "Karenina Diamonds". In Paris, the insurance companies are upset about the glut of jewel robberies happening in the city lately, so put up for auction the exquisite Karenina diamond necklace in hopes of luring out the thieves from hiding. Dealer Ricardo Cortez bids and wins the diamonds and is soon traveling by train to Istanbul with many others chasing him and, more importantly, chasing the prized jewels including smartly-dressed Mary Astor, a lady of mystery.

Most of this film takes place aboard the train, in state rooms and dining car, with plot twists and turns that remind me of an early Hitchcock film. It also reminds me of an Agatha Christie style mystery story including gathering of all characters in the dining car for interrogation by smart police detective. This movie does not disappoint - with top-notch acting all-around and an interesting, suspenseful plot, this is really an excellent film.


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