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Larceny, Inc. (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  2 May 1942 (USA)
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Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

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Denny Costello
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Jeff Randolph
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Weepy Davis
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Sam Bachrach
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Mademoiselle Gloria
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Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
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Oscar Engelhart
Joe Downing ...
Smitty (as Joseph Downing)
George Meeker ...
Mr. Jackson
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Anton Copoulos
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Three bumbling crooks buy a store so that they can rob the bank next door. When they soon discover the money they can make as legitimate businessmen, they abandon their plan. Trouble is, one of their cohorts, who's escaped from jail, won't let them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Die Gauner GmbH  »

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The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 10 April 1941 and closed 27 April 1941 after 22 performances. The opening cast included Shelley Winters. See more »

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Charles Sullivan hits a fly ball in the baseball game, but you see the pitcher field a ground ball. See more »

Quotes

Jug Martin: [Talking about the bank] Listen, this is a pushover. Leo told us the vault was in the cellar and it's put together with glue!
Weepy Davis: Hallelujah! I ain't had my hands on a vault in close to a decade!
J. Chalmers 'Pressure' Maxwell: Oh, cut it, cut it, you goons! None of that Jesse James stuff! This situation calls for strategy.
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Remade as Small Time Crooks (2000) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by the merchants to honor Maxwell
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very funny, with Edward G. Robinson heading a great cast
10 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Larceny, Inc." is a 1942 film starring Edward G. Robinson, Broderick Crawford, Jane Wyman, Anthony Quinn, Jack Carson, Ed Brophy, Jackie Gleason and Henry Davenport. The idea behind this film consciously or subconsciously may have inspired Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks." Gangsters buy a luggage shop situated next to a bank in order to break through the wall into the bank vault; instead, they find themselves dragged kicking and screaming into legitimacy.

Edward G. Robinson is "Pressure," an ex-con who at first tries to keep customers out of the store ("if a customer comes in, blow him off") - but when he tells the young woman like a daughter to him (Wyman) that he's sincere, she starts working with a luggage salesman (Carson) on big promotions. Soon the store is jumping with customers. The merchants on the street ask for Pressure's support - the street is being torn up, and it's right before Christmas; he becomes their hero. However, when an ex con comes into the store to borrow money, he realizes the store is a front for a bank robbery and goes back and tells a scary prisoner, Leo (Quinn) who escapes and decides to do the job himself.

The funniest scene is the aggravated Robinson wrapping a suitcase when a customer asks for gift-wrapping. Robinson is hilarious - he could be doing Little Ceasar, he takes it so seriously, and he's all the funnier for it. Broderick Crawford did some comedy before "All the King's Men"

  • he's excellent as a dumb associate of Pressure's who's digging the


hole to the bank. Jackie Gleason plays a soda jerk - and makes the most of it. Wyman and Carson don't have much to do, alas. The rest of the cast is uniformly delightful.

This is a real gem - "Small Time Crooks" takes the basic plot and goes in another direction with it - both are wonderful films. Try and catch this one on TCM.


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