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Harry in Your Pocket (1973)

A would-be criminal is taken in by a professional in the game, who teaches him how pickpockets work in teams.

Director:

Bruce Geller

Writers:

James D. Buchanan (as James David Buchanan), Ronald Austin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Harry
Michael Sarrazin ... Ray Haulihan
Trish Van Devere ... Sandy Coletto
Walter Pidgeon ... Casey
Michael C. Gwynne ... Fence
Tony Giorgio ... 1st Detective
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... 2nd Detective
Susan Mullen ... Francine (as Sue Mullen)
Duane Bennett Duane Bennett ... Salesman
Stanley Bolt Stanley Bolt ... Mr. Bates
Barry Grimshaw Barry Grimshaw ... Bellboy
Wesley Uhlman Wesley Uhlman
Robert Antrim Robert Antrim
Dorothy Antrim Dorothy Antrim
Jack Mitchell Jack Mitchell
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Storyline

In Seattle, aspiring pickpocket Ray is not very adept at his chosen profession. He thinks he's made it to the big time when he learns that a "cannon" - a pickpocket - is looking for an apprentice. The cannon is Harry, recently arrived in Seattle, with his older associate, Casey, a man with a penchant for cocaine. What Harry and Casey are really looking for is a "stall" - someone to act as the distractor. Harry thinks Sandy, Ray's girlfriend (and one of his former marks), is better suited to the job, but, Sandy will not do it unless Ray's included, as well. Ray appreciates what Harry can and does teach him and Sandy, but, Ray doesn't much like the romantic and sexual interest Harry' starts showing in Sandy. Harry's number one rule; Harry never holds, and after relocating their operation to stay one step ahead of the law, Ray's tired of being the 4th musketeer in the group, and itches to become a world-class cannon himself. This doesn't fit within Harry's grand scheme, and allegiances ... Written by Huggo

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He's The World's Greatest "Cannon"! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Never Holds See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of several "protege" roles with Michael Sarrazin working with more established actors, including A Man Called Gannon (1968) and The Sweet Ride (1968), Anthony Franciosa, andThe Flim-Flam Man (1967), with link=.nm0001715]. See more »

Quotes

Casey: Harry never holds.
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Connections

References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

DAY BY DAY BY DAY
Words by Bruce Geller
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Josh Adams
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" The Idea is to get close enough to feel your mark breathing, without touching him "
12 January 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Many an actor dreams of having a mixed repertoire of characters which he has play throughout his career, eventually becoming exclusively his. Doubtless, a few wish they could shed certain character images as they have become synonymous with and is difficult to shake it loose. This rarely ever happened to actor James Coburn. Here is one film which many of his fans never seen. In this film called "Harry In Your Pocket " he naturally plays the master pickpocket called Harry. In his travels he encounters a street thief named Ray Haulihan (Michael Sarrazin) and his beautiful partner Sandy Coletto (Trish Van Devere) who are looking to upgrade their ability as thieves. At first Harry and his aging partner Casey (Walter Pidgeon) are simply amused with the pair, but later, they become a foursome which becomes quite formidable. Refused by Harry to teach him the art of pickpocketing, Ray convinces Casey to teach him for a cut of the take as Casey has a Cocaine habit to support and one which eventually leads to tragedy. Once Harry learns of the young couple operating without him, he acquiesces and becomes their leader with one important rule, 'Harry never holds'. With the trio now planning to take on a grand event in New Orleans, they have no idea the police are awaiting them. With the rare appearance of Walter Pidgeon this movie is sure to become a classic in years to come. Exceptional feature. ****


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