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Thieves Fall Out (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1941 (USA)
Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die ... See full summary »

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Ray Enright

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screen play), Ben Markson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Eddie Barnes
Joan Leslie ... Mary Matthews
Jane Darwell ... Grandma Allen
Alan Hale ... Rodney Barnes
William T. Orr ... George Formsby
John Litel ... Tim Gordon
Anthony Quinn ... Chic Collins
Edward Brophy ... Rork
Minna Gombell ... Ella Barnes
Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser ... Charles Matthews
Nana Bryant ... Martha Matthews
Edward Gargan ... Kane
Hobart Cavanaugh ... David Tipton
Frank Faylen ... Pick
William B. Davidson ... Harry Eckles (as William Davidson)
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Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die before the broker can collect the full value of the policy and the broker's gangster partner doesn't want to wait for nature to take its course. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Comedy

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film Eddie Albert's character promises to live as long as possible. In real life he lived to the ripe old age of 99! See more »

Quotes

Rodney Barnes: Well it's idle money and that's waste money because money makes money and the money that that money makes makes more money!
Grandma Allen: Hah! Say, that's a dilly. But I heard a better one at the track; a skunk sat on a stump, the skunk thunk the stump stunk and the stump thunk the skunk stunk! How's that?
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Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Music by Effie I. Canning
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An Eddie Albert romp
30 September 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Oh you know, it's nice to just watch a simple lark kind of picture from time to time. This is one with Eddie Albert being a feature player, who is really an attractive guy. He played young, naive types a while, always darn nice. I remember him in a Lucille Ball picture as her boyfriend, which was quite a to-do: "The Fuller Brush Girl," no less. There were some more like that. In better pics, there were "Roman Holiday," "Oklahoma," "Tea House of the August Moon," "The Longest Day" with almost every male actor around, of course, and many more.

On the personal level, he had one marriage and lived to age 99. He was active in athletics, organic gardening, keeping a vineyard, travel, participated in and founded humanitarian projects, as well. There was a crowd at his funeral. Kind of a special person, I would say.

He was a sweet guy in this. The grandma encouragement was very cute, and he seemed to take off on his own on the strength of it. There was one part in this that really annoyed me. The new wife's dad threatens to come and get her if he didn't really make good like he said he was going to, in a certain amount of time. Excuse me? How about forsaking all others, including Mom and Dad. He goes along with it. Not! The in-laws are a pain. But, you know, I think his mom was even worse - an advanced neurotic. (Where was her medicine?) Yep, there were a couple of people in this who really needed a kick in the tail.

Wow. Wasn't Anthony Quinn a looker back then? Who'd a thought it? When the coppers showed up, I thought they were the bad guys impersonating the police. I'm sure I've seen that shorter, rounder one be a dodo gangster (instead of a dodo cop, and probably as just a plain dodo).

There were so many nut-jobs in this, instead of "Thieves Fall Out," it could have been called, ""Brains Fall Out," The Crazies Hold Sway" or "Busy Going Berserk" or others along that line.

Everyone's capacity for this type of film "experience" varies. They don't bear close inspection. Found this one enjoyable because of Eddie Albert's very attractive persona. I would definitely watch it again.


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