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Once a Thief (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 July 1950 (USA)
A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress... See full summary »

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

Richard S. Conway (screenplay), Max Kolpé (based on a story by) (as Max Colpet) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cesar Romero ... Mitch Moore
June Havoc ... Margie Foster
Marie McDonald ... Flo
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gus (as Lon Chaney)
Iris Adrian ... Pearl
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Eddie
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Nickie
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Dr. Borden
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Milton
Kathleen Freeman ... Phoebe
Dana Broccoli ... Jane (as Dana Wilson)
Bill Baldwin ... Bondsman
Frances Blumfeld Frances Blumfeld ... Lt. Francis Blumfield (as Lieutenant Frances Blumfeld)
Gwendolyn Dusuau Gwendolyn Dusuau ... Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau (as Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau)
John P. Battema John P. Battema ... Chaplain John P. Battema (as Chaplain John P. Battema)
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A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress. Her troubles start again, however, when she falls madly in love, blind to the fact that her boyfriend is a four-flushing, small-time con man. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Portrait...of a heel!!!(original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De dievegge See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Cesar Romero and Lon Chaney
26 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1950's "Once a Thief..." is enhanced by its low budget status, populated by small time chiselers and hoods, and the women who fall for them. Top billing goes to Cesar Romero as Mitch Moore, the same kind of cad role he'd been playing since his film debut in 1934's "The Thin Man." June Havoc, younger sister of Gypsy Rose Lee, is the latest moll to fall for his charms, after doing time for petty theft (she soon gave up an unspectacular movie career for the stage and television). Lon Chaney is a pleasant surprise as Gus, who runs a gambling den behind a dry cleaners, who may be a crook but has the heart that others lack. Still echoing his lovable Lennie from "Of Mice and Men," and yet another example of how his career continuously received a boost from his typecasting. The girls who aren't jailed wind up dead; alas, Marie 'The Body' McDonald, in one of her last roles, committed suicide at 42 in 1965, her tabloid coverage far greater than any of her movies. It's an honestly gritty title from director W. Lee Wilder, older brother of Billy Wilder, whose films are mostly guilty...of boring the audience.


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