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The Happy Thieves (1961)

A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.

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Eve Lewis
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Jimmy Bourne
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Jean Marie Calbert
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Duchess Blanca
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Dr. Victor Muñoz
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Cayetano the Bullfighter
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Mr. Pickett the Art Expert
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Mrs. Pickett (as Britta Ekman)
George Rigaud ...
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Antonio, Prado Museum Guard
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A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.

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The painting, known as the "Rokeby Venus" is by Velazquez and is his only known nude. It moved to England in 1813 to hang in Rokeby Park, Yorkshire. The painting was purchased by National Art Collections Fund in 1906 for the National Gallery, London. The suffragette Mary Richardson attacked and badly damaged the painting in 1914 but it was restored and returned to display. See more »

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Jimmy Bourne: A man is nothing without his profession.
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okay caper with R Harrison & R Hayworth
26 November 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

"Thieves" opens with Jimmy (Rex Harrison ) snitching a painting from a museum, and meeting his chick out front. Harrison will go on to win the Oscar for My Fair Lady in 1965. His co-star and partner in crime is Rita Hayworth as "Eve". Hayworth really should have won SOMETHING for her work in Gilda back in 1946, fifteen years before. Also watch for Britt Eckland, who married (and co-starred with ) Peter Sellers in the 1960s....she was also a Bond girl in "Man with the Golden Gun". This part in "Thieves" was only her second role...the first was "uncredited redhead" in GI Blues, with Elvis ! So... after stealing the painting, they have lost it, and now Eve and Jimmy have to figure out what happened to it. The film is okay... but can't help thinking the part of "Jimmy" could have been someone with more personality or style. Not sure who would have done it better. Overall, its pretty slow-moving. Story by Richard Condon, who also wrote Prizzi's Honor and Manchurian Candidate. Directed by George Marshall, who had started in the silents... such a prolific actor, writer, director.


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