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I Was a Shoplifter (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 May 1950 (USA)
In 1950s California, the police tries to infiltrate and neutralize a shoplifting crime ring operating in major department stores.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Irwin Gielgud (story by), Irwin Gielgud (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Brady ... Jeff Andrews
Mona Freeman ... Faye Burton
Andrea King ... Ina Perdue
Tony Curtis ... Pepe (as Anthony Curtis)
Charles Drake ... Herb Klaxon
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... The Champ
Larry Keating ... Harry Dunson
Robert Gist ... Barkie Neff
Michael Raffetto ... Sheriff E.W. Bascom
Rock Hudson ... Si Swanson - Store Detective
Nestor Paiva ... Deputy Sheriff Gomez
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Pedro - Mechanic
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Storyline

Police detective sergeant Jeff Andrews is working on a case involving a gang of shoplifters, and he allows himself to falsely arrested as a petty thief, in order to make contact with the gang. Meanwhile, Faye Burton, a petty shoplifter and the daughter of a prominent judge, is blackmailed by the gang into joining them on the promise that they will get back a confession signed when she was caught by a department store detective, who had her sign the document rather than calling the police. It takes Jeff and Faye a lot longer to figure out who is the 'brains' behind the shoplifting gang than it does the audience, and the audience has less information than they do. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Exposing Today's Most Alarming Crime Ring!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shoplifter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The 25 Year Old Tony Curtis
18 April 2002 | by The NovelistSee all my reviews

The 25 year old Tony Curtis went on to act alongside Rock Hudson and James Stewart in films like 'Winchester 73' and 'I Was A Shoplifter' in 1950. Although this film was dull, Curtis was part of a stock of actors whose close friends included Hudson and Stewart.


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