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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mitch Moore
... Margie Foster
... Flo
... Gus (as Lon Chaney)
... Pearl
Jack Daly ... Eddie
Marta Mitrovich ... Nickie
Ann Tyrrell ... Dr. Borden
Michael Mark ... Milton
... Phoebe
... Jane (as Dana Wilson)
... Bondsman
Frances Blumfeld ... Lt. Francis Blumfield (as Lieutenant Frances Blumfeld)
Gwendolyn Dusuau ... Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau (as Deputy Gwendolyn Dusuau)
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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Female prison inmate guzzles poisonous rubbing alcohol in dentist's office with no ill effects. See more »

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A good compact little crime melodrama
10 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

A shoplifter (June Havoc ) tries to go straight but falls for the wrong man (Cesar Romero).

This a low budget but watchable crime film, directed by Billy Wilder's brother W. Lee Wilder. He seems to be trying to imitate his brother's films like "Double Indemnity" and it is all told in flashback. Havoc is very good in the lead and Romero oozes sleaze as the womanizing bookie. The real reason I wanted to see this was because I am big Lon Chaney Jr fan and was trying to see as many of his films as I could. It was a little disappointing since he is just playing another Lennie type role from "Of Mice And Men" but he does get a bit more screen time then he usually got in 1950s films. He adds a clever bit to his character where he constantly holds his eyeglasses by the ear piece in his mouth. This is worth seeing if you like gritty B movies of this era, plus there is some nice on location shooting in seedy Los Angeles.


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