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Release Date:
26 December 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Mitchum is HOT! - location in the heart of Mexico...HOT...after a girl with a million-dollar figure! the nation's his newest picture!
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday

Jane Greer ... Joan Graham

William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake

Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske

Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz

John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregorio Acosta ... Chaney (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Morales (uncredited)
Henry Carr ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook ... Mexican Tourist (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Purser (uncredited)
Alphonse DuBois ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Vendor (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... American Tourist (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Pastry Vendor (uncredited)
Elias Gamboa ... Vendor (uncredited)
Raúl Guerrero ... Pepe (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Madden the Guard (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Cole (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Vendor (uncredited)
José Loza ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Attendant (uncredited)
Primo López ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Dorothy Mitchum ... Tourist (uncredited)
Carmen Morales ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Purser (uncredited)
Beatriz Ramos ... Carmencita, shopkeeper (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Parrot Vendor (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Departing Passenger (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Dimas Sotello ... Vendor (uncredited)
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Pedro (uncredited)
Alfredo de Soto ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alfonso Sánchez Tello ... Basguez (uncredited)
Jorge Treviño ... Barber (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Guitar Vendor (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
Writing credits
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) &
Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay)

Richard Wormser (story "The Road to Carmichael's")

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... producer
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Carla Hadley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Killy .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Terry Wilson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jim Kurley .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Salvador Baguez .... technical adviser
Richard Kinon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1997) | USA:Approved (certificate #13635) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Originally Lizabeth Scott had agreed to play the female lead. However, she bowed out after Mitchum was convicted for smoking marijuana, afraid it would hurt her career.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Joan Graham:...I gave Jin $2000. I thought it was a fortune.
Lt. Duke Halliday:Don't tell me he clipped you?
Joan Graham:He called it 'borrowing.'
Lt. Duke Halliday:No security?
Joan Graham:Unless you call a nice smile security.
Lt. Duke Halliday:That's all you got for your money?
Joan Graham:Certainly was.
Lt. Duke Halliday:[sarcastically] I'll tell you what, Chiquita, you believe me, and I'll believe you.
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Big Steal Will Steal You Away, 6 October 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

There's really not much to this film, basically just a car chase and a double cross concerning money. But Don Siegel delivers the action with humor and élan. Jane Greer was not the first choice to play Robert Mitchum's buddy. Several others were not permitted by their studios to work with Mitchum because of his recent pot bust. "The Big Steal" would have died on the vine had Greer not gladly stepped in. The spark between the two is essential and what repartee. The clever dialog causes the film to glide along like a soft summer breeze south of the border.

Mitchum and Greer get the needed support from the rest of the cast. William Bendix was a versatile and talented actor. He could play comedy as well as the best comedians of the day. In "Who Done It?" Bendix out clowned Lou Costello--no easy task. He was so funny that Lou refused to work with him again because he was stealing the show. He could also play the dumb but tough thug as he did so well in "Dark Corner." He could play straight drama as in "Lifeboat," "The Hairy Ape," and "The Time of Your Life." He could play a psycho as in "The Blue Dahlia" as well as Tony Perkins. Why, he even played Babe Ruth and made people believe it. He made "The Life of Riley" come to life on early TV. He plays Capt. Vincent Blake in "The Big Steal," who is chasing Duke Halliday (Mitchum) who is chasing Jim Fiske (Patric Knowles) who is trying to keep a rendezvous with Hulius Seton (John Qualen), the fence for the stolen money. One of the funniest scenes in the movie involve William Bendix and a mob (not a herd) of sheep. Watch for it. Silent movie star Ramon Novarro plays Col. Ortega, who is content to sit back and let the bad guys eliminate each other. He is also trying to learn English from Lt. Ruiz but has a few problems with American slang. Also look for Mitchum's wife, Dorothy, as one of the tourists.

It's easy to see shades of Dirty Harry in the action sequences, a sign of good things to come. Because of Don Siegel's direction and a well-written script, "The Big Steal" will steal you away.

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