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The Safecracker (1958)

Approved | | Crime, War, Drama | 1 October 1958 (USA)
An honest expert on locks, Colley Dawson turns safe-cracker after he meets Benny Carfield, unscrupulous dealer in antiques; Dawson steals the goods and Carfield disposes of them, and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Milland

Writers:

Rhys Davies (story) (as Lt. Colonel Rhys Davies), Bruce Thomas (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Colley Dawson
Barry Jones ... Bennett Carfield
Jeanette Sterke ... Irene
Victor Maddern ... Morris
Ernest Clark ... Major Adbury
Cyril Raymond ... Inspector Frankham
Melissa Stribling ... Angela
Percy Herbert ... Sergeant Harper
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Dawson
Anthony Nicholls ... General Prior
David Horne ... Herbert Fenwright
Colin Gordon ... Dakers
Clive Morton ... Sir George Turvey
John Welsh ... Inspector Owing
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Belgian Messenger
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Storyline

An honest expert on locks, Colley Dawson turns safe-cracker after he meets Benny Carfield, unscrupulous dealer in antiques; Dawson steals the goods and Carfield disposes of them, and the resulting profits enable Dawson to lead a double life with small-part film actress Vi. Scotland Yard catches up with him and Dawson is sentenced to ten years in prison. Two years later, in 1940, England is at war with Germany, and the War Office, planning a raid on a German-occupied château in Belgium, is looking for a man who can crack a difficult safe so that the contents, containing lists of Nazi agents in Britain, can be photographed without leaving a trace of the operation. Dawson, in exchange for the eight years of prison awaiting him, agrees to do the job. He, of course, also gets involved with the daughter, Irene, of the local resistance leader. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Crook Who Became a Commando! See more »

Genres:

Crime | War | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

1 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Arrombador de Cofres See more »

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Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In 1958, MGM released this film on a double bill with Underwater Warrior (1958) and the tag line "UNDERSEA PERILS and UNDERCOVER THRILLS!" See more »

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The movie starts in pre-World War II (1938) Britain yet in early scene at crooked antique dealer Benny Carfield's shop the background view through the shop window shows 1950s vintage cars driving by, such as a 1957 Austin A40 and a 1957 Vauxhall Victor. The police cars used in the chase sequence were Wolseley 680's, also of contemporary (1957) vintage, even though the action was supposedly taking place in 1938. See more »

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strange little film
4 January 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ray Milland starred in and produced this film from 1958. He plays Colley Dawson, an expert safecracker who can open a safe by listening to the tumblers. While in prison, he is recruited by the British to break into a safe in Germany and photograph a list of their spies working in Britain.

What's odd about the film is that it starts out as one thing - a safecracker who is stealing things for a partner and getting a percentage - and then turns into more of a spy film.

Milland is way past it to be playing this part. Also, at least in the print I saw, the night scenes and dark house scenes were so dark it was hard to make out anything.

Just okay.


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