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Release Date:
11 March 1960 (West Germany) See more »
In Monte Carlo, Theo Wilkins recruits his young protégé Paul Mason - just released from prison - to help him rob the famous casino of $4 million... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Theo Wilkins

Rod Steiger ... Paul Mason

Joan Collins ... Melanie

Eli Wallach ... Poncho
Alexander Scourby ... Raymond Le May

Michael Dante ... Louis Antonizzi
Berry Kroeger ... Hugo Baumer

Sebastian Cabot ... Director of Casino
Marcel Hillaire ... Duc di Salins
John Beradino ... Chief of Detectives
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ida Augustian ... Claire (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)

Alan Caillou ... Doctor Gerald Halsey (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Ball Dance Participant (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Marga Ann Deighton ... Governor's Wife (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ball Dance Participant / Casino Patron (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jonathan Kidd ... Seymour (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ... Henri (uncredited)
Eddie Le Baron ... Chemin de fer Dealer (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Governor (uncredited)
Luis Mata Jr. ... Sandy (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Casino Attendant (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Ball Dance Participant (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Ball Dance Participant (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Cellar Club Manager (uncredited)
Andre Philippe ... Page (uncredited)
Francis Ravel ... Casino Attendant (uncredited)
Joseph Romantini ... Barkeep (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Casino Stickman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Croupier (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Gambler (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)

Max Catto (novel)

Produced by
Sydney Boehm .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Charles Peck .... sound
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Other crew
Candy Barr .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (certificate #19432) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Continuity: Hugo has white hair, but when seen repairing the car engine he has dark hair.See more »
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Referenced in Ocean's Eleven (2001)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Did Steiger Swallow a Lemon, 7 November 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A so-so caper movie that somehow fails to take off despite a veteran cast and director. There's lots of casino glitz, a sexy Joan Collins, and an inherently suspenseful premise, but the elements never really come together. I agree with the reviewer who thinks Steiger miscast. His is the central role. Yet he's so humorless, his enforcer-leader fails to generate needed sympathy for the caper (I gather director Hathaway was also unhappy with the grimness). In fact, with Robinson's exception, none of the characters is particularly likable. As a result, viewers are not encouraged to engage with the caper, but instead to simply observe it. At the same time, ace director Hathaway films in uncharacteristically impersonal, uncompelling fashion.

Nonetheless, the movie does have its moments. There's genuine tension when the Duc (Hillaire) tries to get Melanie (Collins) evicted from the casino, spoiling the heist. Instead, Melanie does some fast thinking and hangs in there. Then there's the very human last- minute-jitters that threaten to undo the elaborate scheme. But these moments of tension tend to remain isolated instead of tightening into a suspenseful whole, a failing perhaps of the screenplay.

I think there's a reason these heist films were popular during the law-and-order 1950's. The best ones-- The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Killing (1956)— humanize crime in ways crime features to that point don't. Unlike most crime dramas of the period, ordinary people are seen as able to pool their talents into a cleverly profitable undertaking, at the same time, being daring enough to take big risks for big gains.

Such qualities mirror the kind of commercial initiative ordinarily lauded by popular culture. Of course, heists are also criminal enterprises, but except for the key factor of legality, they show off the combined skills of ordinary people acting in effective and sympathetic light. And just as importantly, as long as it's only a bank or racetrack or casino that gets victimized, well, they can likely afford it. Without that key consideration of who's harmed, the ending of this film would be more morally questionable than it is.

Anyhow, the movie's passable entertainment, and if it fails to scale the caper film heights, at least there are compensations.

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