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Larceny (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 September 1948 (USA)
A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Herb Margolis (screenplay) (as Herbert H. Margolis), Lou Morheim (screenplay) (as Louis Morheim) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Payne ... Rick Mason
Joan Caulfield ... Deborah Owens Clark
Dan Duryea ... Silky Randall
Shelley Winters ... Tory
Dorothy Hart ... Madeline
Richard Rober ... Max
Dan O'Herlihy ... Duke
Nicholas Joy ... Walter Vanderline
Percy Helton ... Charlie Jordan
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Mr. Owens
Patricia Alphin ... Waitress
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Mr. McNulty
Russ Conway ... Detective
Paul Brinegar ... Mechanic
Don Wilson ... Master of Ceremonies
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A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

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widow | con man | based on novel | See All (3) »

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THEY MADE THEIR OWN RULES... and played for keeps! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aves de Rapina See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 11, 1948 with John Payne and Joan Caulfield reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When John Payne is being shown up to his hotel room, one can clearly see the tape on the floor as his marker for the previous shot at the front desk. See more »

Quotes

Tory: Stop twisting my arm! People will think we're married!
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Money, money, money
7 May 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Fraudster Dan Duryea (Silky) heads an operation which includes John Payne (Rick) as his main player. They fleece the wealthy by convincing their targets to raise money for a false project and then disappear with the cash. Their newest mark is war widow Joan Caulfield (Deborah) and it is Payne's task to befriend her and gain her trust. So, off he goes - game on. Added into the mix, Duryea has a brash girlfriend - Shelley Winters (Tory) - who is having an affair with Payne and she is not shy in speaking her mind. Duryea is the jealous type so Payne had better watch himself on this front. All seems to be going well for Payne...

The main players in this film all give good performances. If you are familiar with the films of Miss Winters you may well guess something about her and you'd be correct. She delivers some great dialogue and is genuinely funny with it towards the end of the film. Payne should definitely have nothing to do with her.

The film keeps your attention and it is a great way to learn how to fleece the rich. There are some very good pointers and important rules of psychological engagement that are set out. After watching this, you may well feel rather accomplished in this field. But do you have the heart to carry out this type of mission? Unfortunately, I don't. And anyway, love conquers all and may well be your downfall. But if you don't have a heart....this film may prove educational.


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