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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 1 July 1949 (USA)
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday
Jane Greer ... Joan Graham
William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake
Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske
Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz
John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
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Storyline

Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing. Written by <timbo@netcom.com>

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Bendix is Bad! Mitchum is Mad! Greer is Gorgeous! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cais da Maldição See more »

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Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate Robert Mitchum's 43 day stay in prison for marijuana possession. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Blake kicks in the door of Lt. Halliday's cabin, whilst Lt. Halliday is in the process of getting dressed, doing up his tie and turning the shirt collar down. Capt. Blake throws Lt. Halliday's jacket to him and in the next shot he is adjusting the shirt collar again. However, the collar is not completely turned down, the tie is showing underneath and now with the jacket on, this has the collar half turned up. Cut to the next shot - Lt. Halliday goes to pour a drink, the shirt collar is now turned down, no tie is showing, but the jacket collar is now fully turned up. In the next shot, Lt. Halliday turns the jacket collar completely down and ends up in a fight with Capt. Blake. See more »

Quotes

Joan Graham: Stop calling me chickita. You don't say that to girls you don't even know.
Lt. Duke Halliday: Where I learned Spanish you do.
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It's A Fun Trip......Literally!
23 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As a team, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are pretty well-known, at least to classic film fans, for their pairing in "Out Of The Past," but I thought they were a lot more fun to watch in this particular film noir.

This movie, still not available on tape or disc for some reason, is almost one long chase scene, with people in three vehicles all on the move....with a neat twist at the end.

There is the typical 1940s budding romance in which the two parties do nothing with insult each other until the end. Sometimes that gets really old but in here it isn't, maybe because Greer has so many good lines.

It's also fun to see the old cars racing around hairpin curves, although the special effects are really dated. The fight scenes didn't look too realistic, either. Hey, I didn't say it was technically a great movie.....just a fun one to watch. Equally entertaining were two of the other people in on the chases: William Bendix and Patric Knowles.


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