MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,087 this week

The Big Steal (1949)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,601 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 26 critic

An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Dec 2012
 
DC
a list of 24 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Big Steal" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Big Steal (1949)

The Big Steal (1949) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Steal.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Crossfire (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Loose biography of actor Lon Chaney. Growing up with deaf parents, he learns what it is like to be different. As an actor, he puts that knowledge (together with lots of make-up and talent) ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer
Comedy | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
The Verdict (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an Innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Viveca Lindfors, Broderick Crawford
The Racket (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things... See full summary »

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan
Angel Face (1952)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman
Decoy (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

Director: Jack Bernhard
Stars: Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong
Side Street (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig
Musical | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pilot of a B 29 meets Louise Anderson, a singer in a New York nightclub. He falls in love with her, but he had to leave next day for action in the Pacific. He lets paint her picture on ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Frances Langford, Ralph Edwards, Russell Wade
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Don Alvarado ...
...
Pascual García Peña ...
Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
Edit

Storyline

Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing. Written by <timbo@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mitchum is HOT! - HOT...off location in the heart of Mexico...HOT...after a girl with a million-dollar figure!...HOT...at the nation's boxoffices...HOT...in his newest picture!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 December 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Cais da Maldição  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The shooting schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate Robert Mitchum's 43 day stay in prison for marijuana possession. See more »

Goofs

The initial scenes are set in the city of Veracruz, but were filmed in Tehuacán. While the action is still taking place in Veracruz, you can clearly see the name Tehuacán on a building. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Duke Halliday: Where's Fiske?
Joan Graham: Taking the parrot for a walk.
Lt. Duke Halliday: You wouldn't be his wife, would you?
Joan Graham: No, I wouldn't!
Lt. Duke Halliday: Mmm-hmm!
Joan Graham: [taking offense] I don't like the 'Mmm-hmm.' I'm not his wife!
Lt. Duke Halliday: If you were, I wouldn't be saying 'Mmm-hmm!'
See more »

Connections

Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What a great film!
24 January 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

What a great film this is! Lighthearted and serious, romantic and thrilling, tense and humorous all at once. It's simply a joy to watch from the very first frame right to the end. There's never a dull moment, the performances are first-rate, and while, on the surface, it's one of those typical middle-of-the-road 40's quasi-noir films, it manages to transcend all that and become something truly special. It certainly doesn't have the greatness of something like The Big Sleep or The Maltese Falcon, and yet it's just as enjoyable, and in some ways, even more enjoyable than either of those. If movies are an escape, there is no world I would rather escape to than the one created by this film.


30 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
watching this movie made me very sad thebigheat
Poor chicken :( Viper8276
DVD? b_kimball
Great Movie, but one question ruthlessroddy
Jane Greer.... what a beauty! altu64
Colorized version Countorloc
Discuss The Big Steal (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page