MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,635 this week

Once a Thief (1950)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  7 July 1950 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 46 users  
Reviews: 2 user

A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on a story by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Debut's Today!


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 134 titles
created 02 Feb 2012
 
list image
a list of 210 titles
created 15 Feb 2012
 
a list of 751 titles
created 30 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 2219 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1169 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Once a Thief" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Once a Thief (1950)

Once a Thief (1950) on IMDb 6.5/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Once a Thief.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Once a Thief (1991)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Count Alucard (read his name backwards) finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexander Knox, Florence Marly
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Ygor brings the monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the monster's current criminal brain, with a normal brain.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy
Captain China (1950)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Charles Chinnough, aka Captain China, washed ashore off his ship during a storm, is later rescued, but is relieved of duty when his former first mate, Brendensen (who thought he was dead), ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: John Payne, Gail Russell, Jeffrey Lynn
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures do battle.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill
Once a Thief (1965)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow's I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix
Jealousy (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The wife of an alcoholic writer must take a job as a taxi driver to make ends meet. A young man she picks up as a fare befriends her, but when her husband is found murdered, the police suspect she and her new "friend" committed the murder.

Director: Gustav Machatý
Stars: John Loder, Jane Randolph, Karen Morley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mitch Moore
...
Margie Foster
Marie McDonald ...
Flo
...
Gus (as Lon Chaney)
Iris Adrian ...
Pearl
Jack Daly ...
Eddie
Marta Mitrovich ...
Nickie
Ann Tyrrell ...
Dr. Borden
Michael Mark ...
Milton
...
Phoebe
Dana Broccoli ...
Jane (as Dana Wilson)
Bill Baldwin ...
Bondsman
Frances Blumfeld ...
Lt. Francis Blumfield (as Lieutenant Frances Blumfeld)
Gwendolyn Dusuau ...
Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau (as Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau)
John P. Battema ...
Chaplain John P. Battema (as Chaplain John P. Battema)
Edit

Storyline

A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress. Her troubles start again, however, when she falls madly in love, blind to the fact that her boyfriend is a four-flushing, small-time con man. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She was MANHANDLED... MISUSED... DISCARDED! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De dievegge  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Female prison inmate guzzles poisonous rubbing alcohol in dentist's office with no ill effects. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cesar Romero and Lon Chaney
26 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1950's "Once a Thief..." is enhanced by its low budget status, populated by small time chiselers and hoods, and the women who fall for them. Top billing goes to Cesar Romero as Mitch Moore, the same kind of cad role he'd been playing since his film debut in 1934's "The Thin Man." June Havoc, younger sister of Gypsy Rose Lee, is the latest moll to fall for his charms, after doing time for petty theft (she soon gave up an unspectacular movie career for the stage and television). Lon Chaney is a pleasant surprise as Gus, who runs a gambling den behind a dry cleaners, who may be a crook but has the heart that others lack. Still echoing his lovable Lennie from "Of Mice and Men," and yet another example of how his career continuously received a boost from his typecasting. The girls who aren't jailed wind up dead; alas, Marie 'The Body' McDonald, in one of her last roles, committed suicide at 42 in 1965, her tabloid coverage far greater than any of her movies. It's an honestly gritty title from director W. Lee Wilder, older brother of Billy Wilder, whose films are mostly guilty... of boring the audience.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Once a Thief (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?