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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 »

Director:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Variations in the score when Eddie and Mary marry
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Caper with mistaken identity and inept cops
31 January 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Jane Darwell as Grandma Allen sure stole the show in this old black and white rags to riches story from 1941. Darwell had just won the Oscar for playing Ma Joad in Grapes of Wrath. Robert Barnes (Alan Hale) and Ed Barnes (Eddie Albert) are father and son, in this love story and mistaken identity caper, with Grandma helping things along. Joan Leslie is Mary, the blushing bride, along for the ride. Even a young Anthony Quinn as "Collins" the thug. Blossom, the laughing maid, is played by Etta McDaniel, sister of Hattie. Looks like the McDaniel sisters only worked together once in "Stella Dallas" in 1937. Alan Hale, who usually played the old, gruff sea salt, made 235 films, starting in 1911. Eddie Albert's biggest movie was Roman Holiday in 1953 and of course he played "Oliver" in the Green Acres TV series. He had only been in films for three years when he made "Thieves Fall Out". Any flick that has the good guys trying to outwit the bad guys has to have inept cops, and Edward Brophy and Edward Gargan are here, playing their usual roles.


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