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The Big Steal

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1949
  • Don Siegel
  • 72 mins
  • PG

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Lieutenant Duke HallidayRobert Mitchum
Joan GrahamJane Greer
Captain Vincent BlakeWilliam Bendix
Jim FiskePatric Knowles
Colonel OrtegaRamon Novarro
Lieutenant RuizDon Alvarado
Julius SetonJohn Qualen
ManuelPasqual Garcia Peña

Crew

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DirectorDon Siegel

Details

Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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