The Big Steal

The Big Steal

Don Siegel (1949)

A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Military lieutenant Duke Halliday goes to Mexico in pursuit of a conman who has stolen an army payroll, but is pursued in turn by his superior officer, who suspects he is responsible for the crime. Duke finds an ally in the hustler's vengeful abandoned wife, but neither is certain they can trust the other. Thriller, starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer.

Cast & 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
Manuel Pasqual Garcia Peña
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD