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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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1 November 1957 (Ireland) See more »
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A con man in debt and down on his luck comes up with what he thinks is the perfect caper--robbing a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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Neglected noir thriller deserves a lot more recognition..., 1 April 2006
Author: ccmiller1492 ( from Fairfax, VA

"The Big Caper" is a neglected noir thriller that deserves a lot more recognition...this is one of Rory Calhoun's best and most atypical roles. The pace is brisk and the acting quite good even in the minor roles. A very effective sense of threat and menace are maintained throughout, building tension, grabbing and holding the viewer's interest. Calhoun's and Costa's criminal characters' pretense of the "straight life" as a struggling young married couple in a small town is very striking as the set up to their elaborately plotted bank robbery. Gregory is appropriately frightening as the murderous kingpin. Calhoun was at his height at this time and shows that he had enough skill and screen presence to justify awarding him bigger and better roles outside of the westerns to which he was mostly relegated. This film has undeservedly been eclipsed by many others, less engaging, of the 50's.

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