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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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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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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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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 »

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During the montage of several types of sales promotions for the store, Maxwell watches an advertising truck pass by. This sequence shows two close ups of Maxwell, the second is a reversed shot, since the writing on the building behind him is suddenly flipped left-for-right. See more »

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Jug Martin: Hey, Pressure, why didn't she ever write me all that time we were in prison?
J. Chalmers 'Pressure' Maxwell: Well. maybe it's because she knows you can't read.
Jug Martin: I never thought of that.
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Remade as Small Time Crooks (2000) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
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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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$9.75
15 July 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Hysterical madcap fun. There may be no funnier moment in the history of film than Edward G. Robinson irritably gift wrapping a piece of luggage (all reasonably priced at $9.75) for a bothersome customer. The pacing of this movie is breathless (it's like a Bugs Bunny cartoon) and it's one of the few comedies that can legitimately claim to have a laugh virtually every minute. It's a movie that understands how funny a single door constantly opening and closing can be, provided there is a parade of zany enough characters passing through it, all of whom possess impeccable comic timing. It's also got a young, menacing Anthony Quinn to give it some edge, and an early Jackie Gleason to steal a couple scenes. Nearly as delightful as the king of screwball comedies "Bringing Up Baby".


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