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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Romance  |  26 December 1949 (Sweden)
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An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

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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>

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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!


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Cais da Maldição  »

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Trivia

Jane Greer got the female lead because studio head Howard Hughes didn't want to risk using Jane Russell, RKO's biggest female star, in case the public would turn against Robert Mitchum because of his jail sentence for smoking marijuana .Greer and Hughes previously had a relationship, which she broke off to get married. Out of spite, Hughes stopped giving her roles, but decided that in this case she was perfect for this seemingly thankless role. 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: [about the policeman] Come on! Get this guy out of my neck.
Joan Graham: Get him off yourself, you speak Spanish.
Lt. Ruiz: [in Spanish] Miss, do you know this man?
Joan Graham: [in Spanish] I've never seen him before.
Lt. Duke Halliday: What did you say to him?
Joan Graham: I've told him that we're complete strangers.
Lt. Duke Halliday: [in Spanish to the police officer] No, no. This is my woman... my wife.
Joan Graham: Wait a minute!
Lt. Ruiz: [in Spanish] Then both of you come to the Inspector General office.
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Like a male /female buddy movie
13 September 2002 | by (toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Wonderful repartee between Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in this chase caper. Absolutely delightful. Jane Greer and Mitchum at at their height of attractiveness, and work so well together. Lots of rapid fire dialogue, quips and double entendres in the script.


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