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Thieves Fall Out (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1941 (USA)
Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die ... See full summary »

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Mary Matthews
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Grandma Allen
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Rodney Barnes
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George Formsby
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Tim Gordon
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Chic Collins
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Rork
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Ella Barnes
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Charles Matthews
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Martha Matthews
Edward Gargan ...
Kane
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David Tipton
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Harry Eckles (as William Davidson)
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Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die before the broker can collect the full value of the policy and the broker's gangster partner doesn't want to wait for nature to take its course. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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In the film Eddie Albert's character promises to live as long as possible. In real life he lived to the ripe old age of 99! See more »

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Referenced in Smallville: Zero (2002) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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Caper with mistaken identity and inept cops
31 January 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Jane Darwell as Grandma Allen sure stole the show in this old black and white rags to riches story from 1941. Darwell had just won the Oscar for playing Ma Joad in Grapes of Wrath. Robert Barnes (Alan Hale) and Ed Barnes (Eddie Albert) are father and son, in this love story and mistaken identity caper, with Grandma helping things along. Joan Leslie is Mary, the blushing bride, along for the ride. Even a young Anthony Quinn as "Collins" the thug. Blossom, the laughing maid, is played by Etta McDaniel, sister of Hattie. Looks like the McDaniel sisters only worked together once in "Stella Dallas" in 1937. Alan Hale, who usually played the old, gruff sea salt, made 235 films, starting in 1911. Eddie Albert's biggest movie was Roman Holiday in 1953 and of course he played "Oliver" in the Green Acres TV series. He had only been in films for three years when he made "Thieves Fall Out". Any flick that has the good guys trying to outwit the bad guys has to have inept cops, and Edward Brophy and Edward Gargan are here, playing their usual roles.


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