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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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Colley Dawson
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Bennett Carfield
Jeanette Sterke ...
Irene
Victor Maddern ...
Morris
Ernest Clark ...
Major Adbury
Cyril Raymond ...
Inspector Frankham
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Angela
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Sergeant Harper
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Dawson
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General Prior
David Horne ...
Herbert Fenwright
Colin Gordon ...
Dakers
Clive Morton ...
Sir George Turvey
John Welsh ...
Inspector Owing
Pamela Stirling ...
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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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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 »

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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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Good Thief, Bad Thief, ahh all for the prize.
20 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a neat little movie with a morality story to boot. Colley is an unabashed thief, who is recruited to go on a commando mission. Patriotism is not his cup of tea, but to get out of prison, he agrees. No one, especially Colley is crazy about him going along. Film was starred in and directed by, Ray Milland. Those who thought he was too old for the part, I think miss the plot. He is a man working in a dull job for many years, opening and setting safes in ritzy homes. Thereby he would be older. Of course he is still a striking presence on the screen, handsome and cunning. Colley gets the goods but can not resist stopping to steal a prized statue on the way out. Of course that was his mistake, and his demise. Ray Milland despite some critics is the perfect Colley. Can't see anyone else in the part.


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