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The Steel Trap (1952)

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
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Tom Bowers
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Ken Woodley
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Briggs, airline clerk
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Mrs. Kellogg
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Valcourt, Travel Agent
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Susan Osborne
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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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13 November 1953 (Australia)  »

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Die Stahlfalle  »

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Trivia

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


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