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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 1 July 1949 (USA)
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday
Jane Greer ... Joan Graham
William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake
Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske
Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz
John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
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Storyline

Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing. Written by <timbo@netcom.com>

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It's a tough, terrific adventure in grand larceny! But, there's more than money on his mind...when he mixes with this gal with the million dollar figure! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cais da Maldição See more »

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Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate Robert Mitchum's 43 day stay in prison for marijuana possession. See more »

Goofs

The initial scenes are set in the city of Veracruz, but were filmed in Tehuacán. While the action is still taking place in Veracruz, you can clearly see the name Tehuacán on a building. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Duke Halliday: Where's Fiske?
Joan Graham: Taking the parrot for a walk.
Lt. Duke Halliday: You wouldn't be his wife, would you?
Joan Graham: No, I wouldn't!
Lt. Duke Halliday: Mmm-hmm!
Joan Graham: [taking offense] I don't like the 'Mmm-hmm.' I'm not his wife!
Lt. Duke Halliday: If you were, I wouldn't be saying 'Mmm-hmm!'
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Featured in The Big Steal: Look Behind You (2007) See more »

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An irresistible film
17 July 2000 | by Kent-13See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer co-star in this film about a wrongfully accused man being chased by the bad guy, while chasing the other bad guy. Mitchum and Greer are both charming and warm, Mitchum with his cool demeanor and lazy eyes, Greer with her charismatic presence and radiant smile. William Bendix offers a terrific performance as the bad guy chasing down Mitchum. Fast, fun and not to be missed.


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