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


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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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Oddly overlooked, 28 October 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I just finished watching "The Big Caper" and thought it among the best film noir pictures I have seen--and I've seen a lot. Because it was so good, I am shocked that its current rating on IMDb is quite mediocre. Believe me, it's well worth your time.

The film begins with Frank (Rory Calhoun) approaching Flood (James Gregory) with a plan to knock over a bank. But, it's no ordinary bank--it will have a million dollars for the payroll of the nearby military base. The plan, however, is NOT to just walk in and steal the money--it's much more subtle. Frank and Kay (Mary Costa) will first go to this small town and open a business. Then, after four months of fitting in, they'll launch the caper.

There are LOTS of glitches along the way. The biggest one is that after four months of playing house, Frank and Kay find they actually are enjoying their fake married life. The business is going very well and they like the community. For the first time, they like being normal. But, normal is NOT what the rest of the gang turns out to be. They are among the sickest group of misfits I've ever seen--far sicker than the usual noir baddies. Frank's phony uncle is actually a psycho who loves blowing up and burning things...and he's also an unpredictable alcoholic and complete sociopath. Flood's other recruits aren't much better--but you'll just have to see this motley group for yourself to believe it. Where does it all go? As I said, you just have to see it for yourself.

The biggest pluses of this film are the character development as well as the assorted group of sick freaks. Frank and Kay's transformation through the course of the film is believable and the sickies are terrifying. In addition, the film is quite taut and exciting. Rarely have criminals seemed so evil during this era than in "The Big Caper". Believe me, they make folks from other contemporary films like "The Asphalt Jungle", "DOA" and "The Killers" seem like pussycats! Well worth your time.

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