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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 1949 (UK)
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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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

Capt. Blake kicks in the door of Lt. Halliday's cabin, whilst Lt. Halliday is in the process of getting dressed, doing up his tie and turning the shirt collar down. Capt. Blake throws Lt. Halliday's jacket to him and in the next shot he is adjusting the shirt collar again. However, the collar is not completely turned down, the tie is showing underneath and now with the jacket on, this has the collar half turned up. Cut to the next shot - Lt. Halliday goes to pour a drink, the shirt collar is now turned down, no tie is showing, but the jacket collar is now fully turned up. In the next shot, Lt. Halliday turns the jacket collar completely down and ends up in a fight with Capt. Blake. 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!'
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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.


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