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Larceny (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 September 1948 (USA)
A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Herb Margolis (screenplay) (as Herbert H. Margolis), Lou Morheim (screenplay) (as Louis Morheim) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Payne ... Rick Mason
Joan Caulfield ... Deborah Owens Clark
Dan Duryea ... Silky Randall
Shelley Winters ... Tory
Dorothy Hart ... Madeline
Richard Rober ... Max
Dan O'Herlihy ... Duke
Nicholas Joy ... Walter Vanderline
Percy Helton ... Charlie Jordan
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Mr. Owens
Patricia Alphin ... Waitress
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Mr. McNulty
Russ Conway ... Detective
Paul Brinegar ... Mechanic
Don Wilson ... Master of Ceremonies
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Storyline

A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

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Plot Keywords:

widow | con man | based on novel | See All (3) »

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Sure you can fool with a gal like this... you can play for dynamite too! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aves de Rapina See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 11, 1948 with John Payne and Joan Caulfield reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When John Payne is being shown up to his hotel room, one can clearly see the tape on the floor as his marker for the previous shot at the front desk. See more »

Quotes

Tory: Stop twisting my arm! People will think we're married!
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THE STING + Film Noir = LARCENY!
10 April 2019 | by filmklassikSee all my reviews

Shelley Winters: "I'm sorry, Rick. What can I do to help you?"

John Payne: "Stay away from me."

Shelley Winters: "I mean besides the impossible."

A con man's seduction of a war widow is part of a larger scheme to bilk a small town out of a fortune. But not everything goes to plan.

I cannot believe this sensational vintage noir isn't better known. It's taut as a garrote, and there are twists you won't see coming.

Plus: The dialogue is great, the actors tops, and who knew Shelley Winters was such a knockout?

Catch this one!


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