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The Safecracker (1958)

Approved | | Crime, War, Drama | 1 October 1958 (USA)
An honest expert on locks, Colley Dawson turns safe-cracker after he meets Benny Carfield, unscrupulous dealer in antiques; Dawson steals the goods and Carfield disposes of them, and the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colley Dawson
Bennett Carfield
Jeanette Sterke ...
Victor Maddern ...
Ernest Clark ...
Major Adbury
Cyril Raymond ...
Inspector Frankham
Sergeant Harper
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Dawson
General Prior
David Horne ...
Herbert Fenwright
Colin Gordon ...
Clive Morton ...
Sir George Turvey
John Welsh ...
Inspector Owing
Pamela Stirling ...
Belgian Messenger


An honest expert on locks, Colley Dawson turns safe-cracker after he meets Benny Carfield, unscrupulous dealer in antiques; Dawson steals the goods and Carfield disposes of them, and the resulting profits enable Dawson to lead a double life with small-part film actress Vi. Scotland Yard catches up with him and Dawson is sentenced to ten years in prison. Two years later, in 1940, England is at war with Germany, and the War Office, planning a raid on a German-occupied château in Belgium, is looking for a man who can crack a difficult safe so that the contents, containing lists of Nazi agents in Britain, can be photographed without leaving a trace of the operation. Dawson, in exchange for the eight years of prison awaiting him, agrees to do the job. He, of course, also gets involved with the daughter, Irene, of the local resistance leader. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Arrombador de Cofres  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1958, MGM released this film on a double bill with Underwater Warrior (1958) and the tag line "UNDERSEA PERILS and UNDERCOVER THRILLS!" See more »


The movie starts in pre-World War II (1938) Britain yet in early scene at crooked antique dealer Benny Carfield's shop the background view through the shop window shows 1950s vintage cars driving by, such as a 1957 Austin A40 and a 1957 Vauxhall Victor. The police cars used in the chase sequence were Wolseley 680's, also of contemporary (1957) vintage, even though the action was supposedly taking place in 1938. See more »

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" All that you could ever want is always behind the Glass "
12 April 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

During every war, there are many stories of how people who would normally be passed by, are often chosen to become heroes, despite their infamy. Here is one such story called " The Safecracker. " It concern one Colley Dawson, (Ray Milland) an honest enough man, but one who is keenly aware that his desire for the good things in life, will never be acquired through hard work and determination. Like so many others, he discovers his talent for opening safes can bring him more money by theft. With a Mr. Bennett Carfield (Barry Jones) as fence, the two commit a series of jewel robberies which lead to instant riches. However, one robbery goes wrong and Dawson ends up doing ten years in prison. WII then provides the unusual but hazardous circumstances, during which he is promised a pardon if he will go to occupied Europe and break into a Top Secret German safe. Dawson joins a special team and finds himself in danger of his life once again. Milland does better as director for this film but is a little out of sync as the hero. Still, the movie is a good effort and he is seen as always in good form as an actor. ***

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