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Make Like a Thief (1964)
"Juokse kuin varas" (original title)

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Arrested for a murder he didn't commit, American adventurer Bart Lanigan is about to be deported from Finland on a freighter. In the Helsinki harbor, he himself becomes a target for a hit ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
V. Bartley 'Bart' Lanigan
Åke Lindman ...
Arvo Mäki
Pirkko Mannola ...
Marja Salo
Aulikki Tarnanen ...
Helvi Östman
Uolevi Vahteristo ...
Einar, Helvi Östman's henchman
Juhani Kumpulainen ...
Leonard Weston / Lawrence Walker
Esko Salminen ...
Kari, Helvi Östman's henchman
Rose-Marie Precht ...
Toini Saari
Seppo Wallin ...
Jarli Hotti, Helvi Östman's henchman
Ismo Kallio ...
Bank manager's butler
Sylva Rossi ...
Workman's wife
Sirppa Sivori-Asp ...
Bank manager's wife (as Sirppa Sivori)
Kyösti Käyhkö ...
Aimo Paapio ...
Bank manager Vilho Savolainen
Matti Lehtelä ...


Arrested for a murder he didn't commit, American adventurer Bart Lanigan is about to be deported from Finland on a freighter. In the Helsinki harbor, he himself becomes a target for a hit man but manages to escape back to land. Lanigan contacts Arvo Mäki, a womanizing local con man recommended to him as a man he could trust. Lanigan is in Finland to catch an American millionaire businessman, Leonard Weston alias Lawrence Walker, who has fled the USA with the company's monies and begun investing them in Finland. Looking for the mysterious L.W. character while trying to get rid of various hit men, Lanigan and Mäki travel around picturesque southern Finland, joined by a pretty night club singer Marja Salo who won't leave Lanigan alone and insists on marrying him. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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February 1966 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Finnish-American cooperation

American Bart Flanigan is deported from Finland.He's suspected of a murder, and he keeps hiding while looking for the real murderer.He's helped by two Finns, Arvo Mäki and the cute singer, Marja Salo.Juokse Kuin Varas (Make Like a Thief) from 1964 is directed by Åke Lindman and Palmer Thompson.Lindman also does the role of Arvo Mäki.He does a great job, both in Finnish and English.His wife-to-be Pirkko Mannola is wonderful as Marja Salo.Richard Long is terrific as Bartley Flanigan.Aulikki Tarnanen plays Helvi Östman.Uolevi Vahteristo is Einar.Esko Salminen is Kari.Juhani Kumpulainen portrays Leonard Weston.Rose-Marie Precht plays the part of Toini Saari.Ismo Kallio is Bank manager's butler.This movie is a real curio.I saw it on TV last night, and the previous time it was shown on TV was in 1974.The movie has its lacks, obviously, otherwise it would be better known.It lacks in writing, you don't know what's going on in the movie from time to time.But it can also be quite comical, like when Bart ends up in the sauna with a few women.They don't know he's there, though.And the relationship portrayed between Bart and Marja is quite funny.She wants to marry him right after meeting him.After the movie Pirkko Mannola spoke about the movie she had almost completely forgotten.She saw the flaws, but found also a lot of good in it.I totally agree with her.

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