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Larceny, Inc. (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1942 (USA)
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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Leo Dexter
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Mr. Aspinwall
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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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Woody Allen loved this film so much he remade it in 2000, he called it "small time crooks". See more »

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The movie takes place shortly before Christmas but the check they receive in the beginning after getting hit by a car is dated February 17. 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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Referenced in Small Time Crooks (2000) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
Played by the Mission band and sung by the Mission singers on Christmas Eve
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Classic Comedy
25 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Larceny, Inc. (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Three convicts (Edward G. Robinson, Broderick Crawford, Edward Brophy) plan to rob a bank by buying the luggage store next door and digging through the wall. Everything is going as planned until the store becomes a huge hit and the men decide to go straight but another con (Anthony Quinn) shows up and wants the bank robbed. This is a pretty pleasant little comedy that has plenty of funny moments but also a lot of heart. Robinson is perfect in his role and brings a real cuteness to the film. Perhaps it's seeing this tough guy trying to wrap up some luggage but he comes off like a teddy bear and makes for a very lovable character. Crawford and Brophy add terrific support and their coming timing adds a great many laughs. The supporting cast is just as great with Jane Wyman, Jack Carson and Quinn doing nice work. I almost didn't recognize him but Jackie Gleason has a couple great scenes as a soda clerk. Highlights include a great scene where Crawford walks out in front of a car to get some money and a prison baseball game early in the film. Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks borrows very heavily from this film that there's really no question that Allen's film is a remake.


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