The Big Steal

  • PG
  • Don Siegel (1949)
  • US
  • 72 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Reuniting the stars of the classic Build My Gallows High, and also going down Mexico way, Don Siegel's third feature is a thriller with more mirth than menace, and the sexual banter between Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer sometimes rivals that of Bogart and Bacall. The plot is simple - $300,000 of army payroll money has gone missing - and the extended chase throws up a great deal of subplots and shifty characters, notably Ramon Novarro, star of the silent version of Ben-Hur, as a lazy police chief who lets the criminals solve their own crime. Real locations, rather than studio backdrops, are an asset, and Siegel - who later made Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dirty Harry - never lets the pace sag or the shoestring budget show.

Plot Summary

Film noir starring Robert Mitchum. An army officer, framed for a payroll robbery, doggedly pursues the real criminal with the help of the man's former fiancée.

Cast and crew


Lieutenant Duke Halliday
Robert Mitchum
Joan Graham
Jane Greer
Captain Vincent Blake
William Bendix
Jim Fiske
Patric Knowles
Colonel Ortega
Ramon Novarro
Lieutenant Ruiz
Don Alvarado
Julius Seton
John Qualen
Pasqual Garcia Peña


Don Siegel

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG