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The Steel Trap (1952)

A Los Angeles bank assistant-manager devises a plan to steal money from the bank's vault and to flee to Brazil with his unsuspecting wife.

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Andrew L. Stone

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joseph Cotten ... Jim Osborne
Teresa Wright ... Laurie Osborne
Jonathan Hale ... Tom Bowers
Walter Sande ... Customs Inspector
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Ken Woodley
Carleton Young ... Briggs, airline clerk
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Kellogg
Tom Powers ... Valcourt, Travel Agent
Stephanie King Stephanie King ... Susan Osborne
Aline Towne ... Gail Woodley
Hugh Sanders ... Mr. Greer, Passport clerk
Marjorie Stapp ... Travel Agent
William Hudson ... Raglin, Bank Teller #2
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A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be missed until the bank opens on the following Monday. He and his wife, who doesn't know what he has done, then take a flight to Brazil. After some difficulties, they get as far as New Orleans, where his wife discovers the reason for their flight and what he has done. She leaves him and returns home. He is now alone with his conscience, and doesn't know if he can get back and return the money to the bank's vault before the start of business on Monday. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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For the Love of a Woman, He Stole $1,000,000!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic Stricken See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jazz singer Helen Humes, who had replaced Billie Holiday with Count Basie's band in 1938, is given screen credit, but though her voice is heard on the soundtrack in the Bourbon Street nightclub sequence, she is never seen on screen. See more »

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When Ken asks Jim about an upcoming meeting at the bank, Ken closes the folder he is holding twice. See more »

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So Much To Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Stan Jones
Sung by Helen Humes
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The best laid plans are never good enough
3 November 2010 | by kburdittSee all my reviews

The Steel Trap is a tense nail biter of a movie. A simple story and a great cast make you hope the good man gone wrong gets away with his crime. But this is film noir and nothing goes the way it should. Just saw this gem at the AFI/Silver during the DC Noir festival. The Film Noir Foundation showed the only known copy of this lost film - a homemade DVD. This film deserves finding and/or restoring. The locations are great, a large old bank, various airports, a constellation aircraft, and vintage New Orleans. The cast, Joseph Cotten and Theresa Wright bring to life what could have been dull takes. The home scenes drop down a bit but some of the best shots are in the bank vault. Like most crimes - what seems like a sure thing is anything but. Taking the cash is the easy part. What you do next is the hard part. By the end of this film you will be clenching your hands and trying to remember to breathe. A simple story, a great cast, and a film noir lost gem. I hope the Film Noir Foundation can find a print or gets enough donations to restore the homemade DVD. This is worth the effort.


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