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The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960)

A young lad working in a bank in Valencia 'borrows' a million pesetas so he can help his dad pay to get his taxi fixed. Instead he finds himself being chased all over town not only by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

Niels West-Larsen (story), Niels West-Larsen (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Virgilio Teixeira ... Miguel (as Virgilio Texera)
Maurice Reyna Maurice Reyna ... Paco
Marianne Benet Marianne Benet ... Maria
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Luis
Curt Christian Curt Christian ... Currito
Bill Nagy ... Police Chief
George Coulouris ... Bank Manager
Edwin Richfield ... Commissionaire
Cyril Shaps ... Bank Clerk
Warren Mitchell ... Pedro
Barta Barri ... Gang Leader
Tutte Lemkow ... Mateo
Mike Brendel Mike Brendel ... Carlos 1
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel ... Carlos 2
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Chico (as Victor Mojica)
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A young lad working in a bank in Valencia 'borrows' a million pesetas so he can help his dad pay to get his taxi fixed. Instead he finds himself being chased all over town not only by the police but also by a selection of the local low-life after the cash. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He'll Steal Your Heart Before You Know It! See more »


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die gestohlene Million See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Opening credits: The events and characters in this story are fictitious. See more »

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Doing The Continental and cutting to the chase
8 January 2016 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

Charles Crichton directed Ealing classics such as The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Lavender Hill Mob as well as his earlier "Hue and Cry". These latter two have similarities to TBWSAM in having an extended chase sequence.

However Crichton forsakes his customary very English locations for Spain. The film consists, with a brief preamble scene setting, of an hour long chase filmed in out and through the streets of Valencia as the young thief evades his pursuers. It must be the longest and one of the most inventive and superbly directed chase scenes in film history.

The chase involves the young "thief", his dog, crowds, cars, bicycles, groups on foot, animals, trams; apparently covering much of Valencia. It is a masterful handling of all these very different independent elements involved in the chase, the flow appearing seamlessly but of course infinitely choreographed by Crichton in an eclectic range of city locations. I am not sure that this combination of splendid cinematography, choice of location, direction and editing has been equalled.

A great performance from the lead, the young boy, Pasco, and (again a seamless) ensemble of British and Spanish cast. It is however rather let down by the writing, it is rather pedestrian and the resolution at the end disappointing.

Why it is never seen is a mystery. However at least it is being screened by Talking Pictures in the UK who seem to have a unique talent for picking out the gems that others have entirely missed. Why it received no awards is another mystery - perhaps connected with the first. The film so closely resembles one of those Continent classics of the era by one of the directorial Masters.

Is it that only the Continentals are acceptable doing The Continental - by the British as much as by anyone else?


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