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Larceny, Inc. (1942)

 -  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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'Pressure' Maxwell
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Denny Costello
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Jeff Randolph
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Leo Dexter
Edward Brophy ...
Weepy Davis
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Sam Bachrach
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Mademoiselle Gloria
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Mr. Aspinwall
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Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ...
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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Comedy | Crime

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2 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Die Gauner GmbH  »

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No children were seen in the film; although Philo Reh ("Urchin"), Fred Walburn ("Urchin") and Janice Ohman ("Little Girl") are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, they were either cut from the final print or never filmed at all. See more »

Goofs

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: The situation calls for strategy.
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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There's a little larceny in their hearts...
7 July 2007 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Last night I had a good time with a ginger ale and a movie recommended by a brilliant poster, our own misspaddylee. It was worth the watch...Oh uh, what was it? Why "Larceny Inc." (1942) of course. A great little comedy of crime with humor that moved fast and furious.

2 crooks, J. Chalmers 'Pressure' Maxwell (Edward G. Robinson) and Jug Martin (Broderick Crawford), are released from prison. They enter the Warden's office for their 'stay out of trouble' pep talk and the Warden (Joseph Crehan) loses his suit to 'Pressure'. (Ya gotta see it to believe it. He is one smooth talker.) They are greeted, on the outside, by Maxwell's niece (and the apple of Jug's eye) Denny (Jane Wyman). On their lips are promises to go straight...it's too bad it's NOT written on their hearts.

Oh yes, they do purchase a Luggage Shop from Horace Bigelow (Harry Davenport). That looks to be a positive move even if the shop is located next door to a bank with a full vault.

Meanwhile Denny and new boyfriend Jeff (Jack Carson) get the real business moving by using Jeff's promotional know-how. This is to help the 'good guys' out. That's when real bad guy Leo Dexter (Anthony Quinn) escapes from jail, shows up at the shop and moves in for the take...from the bank not the luggage shop. From there the humor moves faster and more furiously. The crooks play off of each other. The dialog keeps you laughing.

Seeing Jack Carson in a romantic lead seemed strange. Seeing Jack Carson in a romantic lead with Jane Wyman as the girl he adored seemed even stranger. But it added to the humor.

And there are many other memorable roles, too. For example these played by Edward Brophy as Weepy Davis the gang member turned luggage salesman. John Qualen is Sam Bachrach a nosy shop owner. Barbara Jo Allen plays Mademoiselle Gloria who develops an instant interest in J. Chalmers Maxwell. Grant Mitchell as Mr. Aspinwall, the vault owner, ah I mean banker next door. And a certain Jackie Gleason does a short, memorable part as Hobart the lunch counter man. You have got to see those facial expressions...each and every facial expression.

Stormy


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