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The Steel Trap (1952)

A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Joseph Cotten ... Jim Osborne
Teresa Wright ... Laurie Osborne
Jonathan Hale ... Tom Bowers
Walter Sande ... Customs Inspector
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Ken Woodley
Carleton Young ... Briggs, airline clerk
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Kellogg
Tom Powers ... Valcourt, Travel Agent
Stephanie King Stephanie King ... Susan Osborne
Aline Towne ... Gail Woodley
Hugh Sanders ... Mr. Greer, Passport clerk
Marjorie Stapp ... Travel Agent
William Hudson ... Raglin, Bank Teller #2
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A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be missed until the bank opens on the following Monday. He and his wife, who doesn't know what he has done, then take a flight to Brazil. After some difficulties, they get as far as New Orleans, where his wife discovers the reason for their flight and what he has done. She leaves him and returns home. He is now alone with his conscience, and doesn't know if he can get back and return the money to the bank's vault before the start of business on Monday. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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For the Love of a Woman, He Stole $1,000,000!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic Stricken See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second movie that Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright are in together. They were previously in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Shadow of a Doubt' (1943) as uncle and niece. See more »

Goofs

When Jim and Laurie at at the Amarillo airport, a moving shadow of the camera is visible to the left as it pulls back when Jim gets up to check on the reason for the flight delay to New Orleans. See more »

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So Much To Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Stan Jones
Sung by Helen Humes
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Joseph Cotten is up to no good once again!
12 October 2014 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The assistant manager at a Los Angeles bank steals nearly $1M from the vault and tries to get himself and his wife out of the country before the missing money is discovered. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, a compact filmmaker who parlayed suspense on the cheap, does his usual quick, efficient work, and Joseph Cotten is perfectly cast as the 'everyman' plotting nefarious business. With his anxious, pinched face, darting eyes and steely, monotone voice, Cotten nearly rivals his work in 1942's "Shadow of a Doubt", in which he co-starred with Teresa Wright (who plays his unsuspecting wife here). Cotten's grave voice-over isn't really effective (it's a filmmaker's short-cut, and a clichéd one), but there's plenty of tension to be had in the scenario. **1/2 from ****


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