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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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Jim Osborne
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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
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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 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>

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


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12 November 1952 (USA)  »

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The Osbornes attempt to board a Chicago and Southern Airlines flight in New Orleans for Brazil. Chicago and Southern Airlines was the name of a real carrier based in Memphis, TN. In 1953, they were integrated into Delta Airlines. See more »

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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 »

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Tense! Very, very tense!
8 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Steel Trap" is a very unusual bank robbery film because instead of it being a group effort by a gang of crooks, the film is about an inside job. The a guy working at a bank (Joseph Cotten) realizes one day that it MIGHT be possible for him to run away with the bank's funds--which would amount to about a million bucks! However, there were many details to be worked out--including finding a country that had no extradition treaty with the US. Eventually, after weeks of planning, all the items fall into place and his plan is put into effect. But, everything must fall precisely into place or his plan is ruined...and, not surprisingly, a glitch occurs. Can he STILL make it to freedom in Brazil or will he spend the rest of his life in the pokey? This film works well for one main reason--it manages to create a sense of tension rarely seen in other films. And, it offers many false leads. So, when one hurdle is overcome and you think he's home free, another and another are soon to come--and it keeps you jumping in your seat throughout. It's all very clever and shows that even though a film may not have a huge budget or huge stars, great writing more than compensates.

By the way, is was a second pairing of Joseph Cotten with Teresa Wright. The first time, he played her creepy murdering uncle in "Shadow of a Doubt". Here in "The Steel Trap" she plays his unsuspecting wife--a nice woman who has no idea that her hubby has given in to the dark side!


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