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The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960)

A young lad working in a bank in Valencia 'borrows' a million pesetas so he can help his dad pay to get his taxi fixed. Instead he finds himself being chased all over town not only by the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virgilio Teixeira ...
Miguel
Maurice Reyna ...
Paco
Marianne Benet ...
Maria
Harold Kasket ...
Luis
Curt Christian ...
Currito
Bill Nagy ...
Police chief
George Coulouris ...
Bank manager
Edwin Richfield ...
Commissionaire
Cyril Shaps ...
Bank Clerk
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Pedro
Barta Barri ...
Gang Leader
Tutte Lemkow ...
Mateo
Mike Brendel ...
Carlos I
Juan Olaguivel ...
Carlos II
Victor Mohica ...
Chico (as Victor Mojica)
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A young lad working in a bank in Valencia 'borrows' a million pesetas so he can help his dad pay to get his taxi fixed. Instead he finds himself being chased all over town not only by the police but also by a selection of the local low-life after the cash. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He'll Steal Your Heart Before You Know It!


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2 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gestohlene Million  »

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Many of the Spanish actors are dubbed by British actors for instance Ferdy Mayne is the voice of the Gang leader. See more »

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Film by Ealing's iconic director, Charles Crichton - why unknown?
8 January 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Charles Crichton directed timeless classics such as The Titfield Thunderbolt and The Lavender Hill Mob. This film has similarities to the latter as well as his earlier "Hue and Cry" in having an extended chase sequence. It however consists of an hour long chase filmed in the streets of Valencia with a mixed Spanish and British cast. The direction is absolutely superb, the chase involves a young boy, his dog, crowds, cars, bicycles, groups on foot, animals, trams apparently covering much of Valencia. It is perhaps the most masterful handling of all these different and independent elements the flow unfolding seamlessly for an hour. I am not sure that this combination of cinematography, choice of location, direction and editing has been equalled. A great performance from the lead, the young boy, Pasco, and (again a seamless) ensemble of British and Spanish cast. Small wonder that Charles Crichton was called from retirement to direct A Fish Called Wanda - in his area he was the best.

I think it however falls rather short in the writing department, the end is not equal to the superb body of the film and the resolution slightly disappointing.

Why it received no awards is a mystery. Why it is never seen is another mys. However now it is being screened by Talking Pictures in the UK who seem to have a unique talent for picking out the gems that others have entirely missed.


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