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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Duke Halliday
... Joan Graham
... Capt. Vincent Blake
... Jim Fiske
... Inspector General Ortega
... Lt. Ruiz
... Julius Seton
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 »


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1 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cais da Maldição  »

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Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Greer got the female lead, because studio head Howard Hughes didn't want to risk using Jane Russell, RKO's biggest female star, in case the public would turn against Robert Mitchum, because of his jail sentence for smoking marijuana. Greer and Hughes previously had a relationship, which she broke off to get married. Out of spite, Hughes stopped giving her roles, but decided that in this case she was perfect for this seemingly thankless role. See more »

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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 »

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Col. Ortega: [talking to Lt. Ruiz] Once upon a time there was a little cat who had a little mouse right in his paws but he let the little mouse go that later he could follow that little mouse into a group of little "mouses"
[correcting]
Col. Ortega: mice!
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pretty good B-movie
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This above average crime drama holds one's interest due to good writing, excellent cinematography, and Robert Mitchum. The film must have been subsidized by the Mexican Tourist Bureau, so fetching are the scenes of the Mexican countryside. Ramon Novarro is excellent as the craftily sly police chief, and Willima Bendix puts in a good turn. Worth watching.


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