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The Burglar (1957)

 -  Film-Noir | Thriller | Drama  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ...
Nat Harbin
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Gladden
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Della
Peter Capell ...
Baylock
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Dohmer
Wendell K. Phillips ...
Police Captain
Phoebe Mackay ...
Sister Sara
Stewart Bradley ...
Charlie
John Facenda ...
News Commentator
Sam Elber ...
Gerald
Frank Hall ...
News Reporter
Bob Wilson ...
Newsreel Narrator
Steve Allison ...
State Trooper
Richard Emery ...
Harbin as a Child
Andrea McLaughlin ...
Gladden as a Child
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Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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A trail of perfume...and violence!


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June 1957 (USA)  »

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Ein Toter lügt nicht  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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Producer Louis W. Kellman had difficulty finding a buyer for the film. Finally, Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn said that he would do Kellman "a favor" and "take it off his hands" if the film's director, Paul Wendkos, was part of the deal. See more »

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The 1951 Chevy driven by Nat Harbin is described as "light gray" over the police radio and in the teletype voice-over, yet the description on the teletype reads that the car is "green." See more »

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Why doesn't this quite work?
15 November 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film has a lot going for it. The opening few minutes are imaginative. Dan Duryea's acting is excellent, good enough to carry him through patches of hokey dialogue. Jayne Mansfield is nice to look at, with a pretty face, and curvaceous in a 50s sort of way before feminine beauty became thin as a rake (But what was the make-up department thinking giving her those outlandish eyebrows?). Never mind that she couldn't act. You have to enjoy the noirish atmosphere, and there are lots of outdoor scenes that catch the eye. The original music, by Sol Kaplan, is superb, or at least it would be on its own; as background it's a little too intrusive and occasionally over the top emotionally. The climax, with a deadly chase in an amusement park is a nice Hitchcock touch. Yet the movie doesn't quite work. It's hard to say exactly why. One big problem is the writing. Both the plot and the dialogue seem to have the same major flaws: at times hokey, at other times seeming to stall, leaving awkward silences or clumsy transitions. I think The Burglar might have been excellent if the studio had given more resources to developing the script, instead of leaving it in the hands of the man who wrote the novel the movie is based on.


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