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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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Bendix is Bad! Mitchum is Mad! Greer is Gorgeous! See more »


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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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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

Originally, Lizabeth Scott had agreed to play the female lead. However, she bowed out after Mitchum was convicted for smoking marijuana, afraid it would hurt her career. 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 »

Quotes

Joan Graham: Stop calling me chickita. You don't say that to girls you don't even know.
Lt. Duke Halliday: Where I learned Spanish you do.
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Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

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Mitchum and Greer together again in a great fun film.
7 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Big Steal' sees Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer team up again after their earlier Noir classic 'Out Of The Past', which is still one of the greatest Film Noirs ever made. 'The Big Steal' isn't as good, that's a fact, but it's a very different kind of movie, and comparing the two is a bit unfair. It's much lighter in tone and approach. Still Mitchum and Greer make a great team and it's a pity they didn't work together more. Director Don Siegel went on to make 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers', 'The Killers' and 'Dirty Harry', all great favourites of mine, but 'The Big Steal' is just as good and is not to be overlooked. It's a great piece of entertainment and also features a very good performance by William Bendix, who I also really enjoyed in Hitchcock's underrated 'Lifeboat'. Forget about 'Out Of The Past' and just enjoy 'The Big Steal' for what it is, a thriller that is a great fun film.


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