MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,001 this week

The Steel Trap (1952)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  12 November 1952 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 416 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 9 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 1071 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 04 Sep 2013
 
a list of 4565 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Steel Trap" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Steel Trap (1952)

The Steel Trap (1952) on IMDb 6.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Steel Trap.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cameraman helps a heiress to get rid off her finacial adviser, who wants to get her money.

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart
Drama | Romance | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda
The Bigamist (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of ... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When hired killer Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he's is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
The Outriders (1950)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders"... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Joel McCrea, Arlene Dahl, Barry Sullivan
Brass Target (1978)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

General Patton tries to transfer the German gold stock to Frankfurt. But someone foils his plan. The military police begin to find the guilty...

Director: John Hough
Stars: Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Max von Sydow
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Robert Preston, Nancy Kelly, Edmond O'Brien
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bank | brazil | money | flight | treaty | See All (38) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stahlfalle  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

Several times it is noted by airline personnel that the suitcase with the cash weighs 115 pounds, and yet neither Cotton nor others who handle it have any trouble picking it up, as if it weighed no more than 30 or 40. Picking up 100 pounds with one hand, without straining, is not easy, and cannot be done without showing effort. See more »

Soundtracks

You Mean So Much To Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Stan Jones
Sung by Helen Humes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Robberies best left to the professionals
3 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If life and caper movies have taught us anything it is that even the most meticulously planned robberies can have a thousand chance things go wrong and usually do. That is most gloriously shown in a much lighter film than The Steel Trap, The Lavender Hill Mob.

Joseph Cotten who toils for wages at a bank dreams of taking a ton of money and going to a place with no extradition. A little research shows him that Brazil is such a place so he plans a robbery made somewhat easier in that he's a Vice President of the branch. He surprises wife Teresa Wright by saying they're going on a surprise trip to Rio DeJaneiro where Cotten is allegedly going on bank business. Well that's not quite a lie.

Alec Guinness's Henry Holland could have sympathized with Cotten as everything goes wrong for him. And the more they go wrong the more attention this guy brings to himself. The idea is to do the crime on Friday and be safe out of the country in Brazil by the time the bank opens on Monday. Couldn't Cotten have at least waited for a three day weekend, four day in some places with Thanksgiving.

Cotten and Wright do fine in the roles and Wright is particularly good after she figures just what is up and why her husband is going through such changes.

What is the outcome of it all? Well the only lesson you can draw from The Steel Trap is that capers are left best to professionals.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just saw it on TCM dga23
Just spotted Ed Nelson bobo-29
Woodley's call to the Bowers lvanett2
Jarring cutaway scene. Hup234!
Official DVD release from WB! Chalupa_Batman
Discuss The Steel Trap (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?