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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

Credited cast:
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Humes ...
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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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Die Stahlfalle  »

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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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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 »

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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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The best laid plans are never good enough
3 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Steel Trap is a tense nail biter of a movie. A simple story and a great cast make you hope the good man gone wrong gets away with his crime. But this is film noir and nothing goes the way it should. Just saw this gem at the AFI/Silver during the DC Noir festival. The Film Noir Foundation showed the only known copy of this lost film - a homemade DVD. This film deserves finding and/or restoring. The locations are great, a large old bank, various airports, a constellation aircraft, and vintage New Orleans. The cast, Joseph Cotten and Theresa Wright bring to life what could have been dull takes. The home scenes drop down a bit but some of the best shots are in the bank vault. Like most crimes - what seems like a sure thing is anything but. Taking the cash is the easy part. What you do next is the hard part. By the end of this film you will be clenching your hands and trying to remember to breathe. A simple story, a great cast, and a film noir lost gem. I hope the Film Noir Foundation can find a print or gets enough donations to restore the homemade DVD. This is worth the effort.


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