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The Big Caper -- A "confidence couple" pose as husband and wife while attempting a bank heist.


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Martin Berkeley (screenplay)
Lionel White (novel)
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31 March 1959 (Sweden) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Rory Calhoun ... Frank Harper
Mary Costa ... Kay

James Gregory ... Flood
Robert H. Harris ... Zimmer (as Robert Harris)
Roxanne Arlen ... Doll

Corey Allen ... Roy

Paul Picerni ... Harry
Patrick McVey ... Sam Loxley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florenz Ames ... Paulmeyer (uncredited)
Louise Arthur ... Alice Loxley (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates ... Falkenburg (uncredited)
Valentin de Vargas ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Melody Gale ... Bitsy (uncredited)
Terry Kelman ... Bennie Laxley (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Police Sgt. Waldo Harrington (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Flood's Attorney (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Joe Stancil (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Real Estate Broker (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Plainclothesman Outside Bank (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevens 
Writing credits
Martin Berkeley (screenplay)

Lionel White (novel)

Produced by
Howard Pine .... producer (as Howard B. Pine)
William C. Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon 
Film Editing by
George A. Gittens  (as George Gittens)
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as Frank Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Alfred Kegerris 
Costume Design by
Jerry Bos 
Fay Moore 
Alvina Tomin 
Makeup Department
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Fox .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
Fred Lau .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Koffman .... still photographer (uncredited)

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More Colorful than Caper, 6 September 2015
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A heist gang is assembled from character types to knock over a million-dollar bank. But first, the gang must establish credentials in town by pretending that two of their number are a married couple that buy a gas station. But will the diverse types be able to carry out the scheme, especially in the midst of an all-American community.

Well-made thick ear. Despite the title, the heist part is pretty ordinary. The movie's real appeal is in colorful characters and human interest. Robert H. Harris has to be the biggest bundle of pathetic sweat in movie annals. When he isn't setting off diversionary explosions, he's in near orgasmic delight over the fires he sets. It's a thankless role, he brings off to the proverbial T. Then there's Corey Allen's demented hipster Roy, and a long way from his commanding role in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). With his blond crew-cut, I almost didn't recognize him. But in my view, the movie really belongs to James Gregory's mastermind, Flood. He brings real authority to the role, making much of the movie more credible than it is. No wonder he had a long run on TV.

The various little conflicts make up most of the story, and except for some cheap sets, they're compelling enough to hold interest. However, suspense doesn't really kick in until the final 20-minutes, while some threads are left hanging; that is, unless I missed something. Anyway, Calhoun and Costa make an attractive couple, with a good look at that 50's suburban ritual, the backyard bar-be-cue. And despite a couple of plot stretches, the production remains on the whole an entertaining little package.

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