The Big Steal (1949)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Jim Fiske
Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña ...
Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)


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 <>

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


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1949 (UK)  »

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Cais da Maldição  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jane Greer was pregnant during the shoot, but didn't want anyone to know. Seeing her use her pills against morning sickness, co-star William Bendix asked what they were for. After she told him they were for combating "Montezuma's Revenge", he asked her for some. Later, he thanked her because he didn't get sick. See more »


When Duke Halliday falls off the side of Jim Fiske's car, he lands on his left arm and is seen rubbing it. In the next scene, while speaking to Inspector General Ortega, Halliday is rubbing his right arm. See more »


Col. Ortega: [talking to Lt. Ruiz] Once upon a time there was a little cat who had a little mouse right in his paws but he let the little mouse go that later he could follow that little mouse into a group of little "mouses"
Col. Ortega: mice!
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It's A Fun Trip......Literally!
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a team, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are pretty well-known, at least to classic film fans, for their pairing in "Out Of The Past," but I thought they were a lot more fun to watch in this particular film noir.

This movie, still not available on tape or disc for some reason, is almost one long chase scene, with people in three vehicles all on the move....with a neat twist at the end.

There is the typical 1940s budding romance in which the two parties do nothing with insult each other until the end. Sometimes that gets really old but in here it isn't, maybe because Greer has so many good lines.

It's also fun to see the old cars racing around hairpin curves, although the special effects are really dated. The fight scenes didn't look too realistic, either. Hey, I didn't say it was technically a great movie.....just a fun one to watch. Equally entertaining were two of the other people in on the chases: William Bendix and Patric Knowles.

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