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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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OK film but Milland rather miscast.
2 March 2002 | by (Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Quite an enjoyable second feature, although the star actor was too old for the Colley Dawson role. Reliable support from character actors like Ernest Clark and Victor Maddern.

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