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Larceny, Inc. (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1942 (USA)
Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Edwin Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... 'Pressure' Maxwell
Jane Wyman ... Denny Costello
Broderick Crawford ... Jug Martin
Jack Carson ... Jeff Randolph
Anthony Quinn ... Leo Dexter
Edward Brophy ... Weepy Davis
Harry Davenport ... Homer Bigelow
John Qualen ... Sam Bachrach
Barbara Jo Allen ... Mademoiselle Gloria
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Aspinwall
Jackie Gleason ... Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ... Oscar Engelhart
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Smitty (as Joseph Downing)
George Meeker ... Mr. Jackson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Anton Copoulos
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Storyline

Three bumbling crooks buy a store so that they can rob the bank next door. When they soon discover the money they can make as legitimate businessmen, they abandon their plan. Trouble is, one of their cohorts, who's escaped from jail, won't let them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gauner GmbH 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

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 10 April 1941 and closed 27 April 1941 after 22 performances. The opening cast included Shelley Winters. See more »

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Charles Sullivan hits a fly ball in the baseball game, but you see the pitcher field a ground ball. See more »

Quotes

Jug Martin: Weepy, I don't like the idea of going into a bank through the front door.
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$9.75
15 July 2001 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

Hysterical madcap fun. There may be no funnier moment in the history of film than Edward G. Robinson irritably gift wrapping a piece of luggage (all reasonably priced at $9.75) for a bothersome customer. The pacing of this movie is breathless (it's like a Bugs Bunny cartoon) and it's one of the few comedies that can legitimately claim to have a laugh virtually every minute. It's a movie that understands how funny a single door constantly opening and closing can be, provided there is a parade of zany enough characters passing through it, all of whom possess impeccable comic timing. It's also got a young, menacing Anthony Quinn to give it some edge, and an early Jackie Gleason to steal a couple scenes. Nearly as delightful as the king of screwball comedies "Bringing Up Baby".


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