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The Steel Trap (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 November 1952 (USA)
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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Tom Bowers
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Briggs, airline clerk
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Mrs. Kellogg
Tom Powers ...
Valcourt, Travel Agent
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Susan Osborne
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Mr. Greer, Passport clerk
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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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This is the second movie that Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright are in together. They were previously in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Shadow of a Doubt' (1943) as uncle and niece. See more »

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When Ken asks Jim about an upcoming meeting at the bank, Ken closes the folder he is holding twice. See more »

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You Mean So Much To Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Stan Jones
Sung by Helen Humes
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great suspense; almost comical , at times
5 October 2001 | by (bronx, ny) – See all my reviews

the steel trap, with joe cotten & teresa wright, that great duo from hitchcock's shadow of a doubt, is a never to be forgotten suspense film. cotten plays a bank officer who becomes obsessed with the notion of absconding with a million dollars and taking refuge in brazil (no extradition treaty). miss wright is perfect as his all too understanding wife who goes along with his preposterous explanations of what he is up to. everything goes wrong on get away day and the riveting climax leaves one sitting on the edge of his/her seat. i wish this film were available on video; i've seen it a few times, in '52 as a teen and once or twice on tv. at any rate, bravo, joe and teresa!!!


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