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The Happy Thieves (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Crime | January 1962 (USA)
A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Richard Condon (novel), John Gay
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Eve Lewis
Rex Harrison ... Jimmy Bourne
Joseph Wiseman ... Jean Marie Calbert
Alida Valli ... Duchess Blanca
Grégoire Aslan ... Dr. Victor Muñoz
Virgilio Teixeira ... Cayetano - the Bullfighter (as Virgilio Texera)
Peter Illing ... Mr. Pickett - the Art Expert
Britt Ekland ... Mrs. Pickett (as Britta Ekman)
George Rigaud ... Spanish Police Inspector
Gérard Tichy ... Antonio - Prado Museum Guard
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Storyline

A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.

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Taglines:

We confess! They did it! But it's how they did it that makes it so delightful! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Oldest Confession See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was adapted from Richard Condon's first novel, "The Oldest Confession", which is, especially in its later stages, considerably more serious in tone than this light-hearted caper movie. Condon hated the film and made no secret of the fact. It was a big box-office flop. See more »

Goofs

Right at the start the 'master criminal' says that it takes 32 minutes to the airport and he'll leave at 10 27 in order to get to the airport at 11.00 exactly. For someone who calculates distance and departure times to the minute, he can't do his maths very well. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Bourne: A man is nothing without his profession.
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A Wonderful Caper Film
16 October 2018 | by johnaquinoSee all my reviews

I've always had great affection for this film, for its whimsical score by Mario Nascimbene , for being able to see both Joseph Wiseman and Rita Hayworth play comedy at all and in the same film, for being able to see Rex Harrison play the same character but pulled back a bit that he did in THE HONEY POT a few years later, for the affection and attention it gives to the museum scene, and for its ingenious art theft. Most of all, I admire it for the surprising and yet convincing ending and Hayworth's reaction.


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