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The Steel Trap (1952)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  12 November 1952 (USA)
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A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jim Osborne
Laurie Osborne
Jonathan Hale ...
Tom Bowers
Walter Sande ...
Customs Inspector
Eddie Marr ...
Ken Woodley
Carleton Young ...
Briggs, airline clerk
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Kellogg
Tom Powers ...
Valcourt, Travel Agent
Stephanie King ...
Susan Osborne
Aline Towne ...
Gail Woodley
Hugh Sanders ...
Mr. Greer, Passport clerk
Marjorie Stapp ...
Travel Agent
William Hudson ...
Raglin, Bank Teller #2


A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be missed until the bank opens on the following Monday. He and his wife, who doesn't know what he has done, then take a flight to Brazil. After some difficulties, they get as far as New Orleans, where his wife discovers the reason for their flight and what he has done. She leaves him and returns home. He is now alone with his conscience, and doesn't know if he can get back and return the money to the bank's vault before the start of business on Monday. Written by Les Adams <>

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bank | brazil | flight | extradition | money | See more »


For the Love of a Woman, He Stole $1,000,000!


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12 November 1952 (USA)  »

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The Steel Trap  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 14, 1953 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »


When the Osbornes leave downtown for the airport, their taxi is a 1947 / 1948 DeSoto. When the cab arrives at the airport, they are in a 1951 / 1952 Plymouth (a much smaller vehicle). See more »


You Mean So Much To Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Stan Jones
Sung by Helen Humes
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Tight and Tense
16 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the Film-Noir Canon this is there because of the Everyman abandoning the safe confines of Conservative Capitalism, that for the little guy is an oh so slow Corporate climb, and the unrelenting tension it embodies, more than the style or unfolding of implicit irony.

It has a rather pale look with mostly unremarkable Camera set-ups, although there are a couple that are noteworthy, and it all takes place in bright lights illuminating the plight of the Anti-Hero's inability to hide from the deed done and the escape route he has set in motion.

It is extremely suspenseful and the screws are forever tightening as one scene to the next lays out never ending barricades and pitfalls. The Movie can be at times quite breathtaking and never fails to pull the Viewer along with unsuspecting twist and turns.

The ending is up for debate, for it can be quite surprising and at the same time some might say a cop out. It does manage to separate this one from quintessential Noir and land it somewhere in the Film-Noir netherworld, just not at the forefront.

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