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The Cat Burglar (1961)

 -  Drama  -  July 1961 (USA)
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A burglar steals a briefcase. Unknown to him, it contains a valuable secret formula. So he has the police on his trail--plus the owner of the formula and a ruthless spy...


(as William N. Witney)


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Credited cast:
Jack Hogan ...
Jack Coley
June Kenney ...
Nan Baker
John Baer ...
Alan Sheridan
Gregg Palmer ...
Reed Taylor
Will J. White ...
Leo Joseph (as Will White)
Gene Roth ...
Bruno VeSota ...
Mrs. Prattle
Tommy Ivo ...
Willie Prattle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Torey ...
Officer Regan (unconfirmed)


A burglar steals a briefcase. Unknown to him, it contains a valuable secret formula. So he has the police on his trail--plus the owner of the formula and a ruthless spy...

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July 1961 (USA)  »

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Diarriktis antikataskopos  »

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Jack Hogan Shines in THE CAT BURGLAR
25 April 2004 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Some gratitude is due to Quentin Tarantino for requesting ultra-scarce THE CAT BURGLAR from the Trio Channel. This film was indeed rare: it can't be found the Maltin Guide, nor in most other 3-inch thick movie listings. Fans of Gene Corman productions (it does resemble his brother Roger's films) and fans of Jack Hogan can finally add this 65-minute film to their collections.

THE CAT BURGLAR is somtimes called a 'remake' of Sam Fuller's nearly sublime PICK-UP ON SOUTH STREET (1953). There are some plot similarities, but this looks more like a TV crime drama from its period. Much of the film is awkwardly shot and most of it is poorly acted. But it's always fun to see Bruno Vesota, June Kenney and other B-movie supporters from the B-movie days. There is some forced, but amusing by-play with a discontented landlady (Mrs. Prattle, pronounced "Pray-Tell"!) to add to the fun. Best of all, aside from the star, is the jazz scoring by Billy Bregman. It consists of a single, very catchy main tune and contributes to a breezy, urban, slightly sleazy atmosphere.

For some, the main attraction is Jack Hogan, as Jack the Cat Burglar. Fans of 'Kirby' from COMBAT will not be disappointed to see handsome Hogan looking in fine form and doing a lot more with his role than the movie itself might deserve. It's evidence of this actor's talent and professional commitment that he creates a memorable and sympathetic character from his underwritten and under-developed part. Many glimpses of the Kirby to come are here; most noteworthy is a scene where Jack is brutalized by a large thug. Hogan conveys a sense of injury and pain with a conviction that would come into its own on COMBAT.

Thanks to Mr. Tarantino, a very minor gem can now be enjoyed.

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