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Larceny, Inc. (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1942 (USA)
Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Edwin Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... 'Pressure' Maxwell
Jane Wyman ... Denny Costello
Broderick Crawford ... Jug Martin
Jack Carson ... Jeff Randolph
Anthony Quinn ... Leo Dexter
Edward Brophy ... Weepy Davis
Harry Davenport ... Homer Bigelow
John Qualen ... Sam Bachrach
Barbara Jo Allen ... Mademoiselle Gloria
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Aspinwall
Jackie Gleason ... Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ... Oscar Engelhart
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Smitty (as Joseph Downing)
George Meeker ... Mr. Jackson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Anton Copoulos
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Storyline

Three bumbling crooks buy a store so that they can rob the bank next door. When they soon discover the money they can make as legitimate businessmen, they abandon their plan. Trouble is, one of their cohorts, who's escaped from jail, won't let them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gauner GmbH See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen loved this film so much he remade it in 2000 as Small Time Crooks (2000). See more »

Goofs

Charles Sullivan hits a fly ball in the baseball game, but you see the pitcher field a ground ball. See more »

Quotes

Jug Martin: [Talking about the bank] Listen, this is a pushover. Leo told us the vault was in the cellar and it's put together with glue!
Weepy Davis: Hallelujah! I ain't had my hands on a vault in close to a decade!
J. Chalmers 'Pressure' Maxwell: Oh, cut it, cut it, you goons! None of that Jesse James stuff! This situation calls for strategy.
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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by the merchants to honor Maxwell
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There's a little larceny in their hearts...
7 July 2007 | by Stormy_AutumnSee all my reviews

Last night I had a good time with a ginger ale and a movie recommended by a brilliant poster, our own misspaddylee. It was worth the watch...Oh uh, what was it? Why "Larceny Inc." (1942) of course. A great little comedy of crime with humor that moved fast and furious.

2 crooks, J. Chalmers 'Pressure' Maxwell (Edward G. Robinson) and Jug Martin (Broderick Crawford), are released from prison. They enter the Warden's office for their 'stay out of trouble' pep talk and the Warden (Joseph Crehan) loses his suit to 'Pressure'. (Ya gotta see it to believe it. He is one smooth talker.) They are greeted, on the outside, by Maxwell's niece (and the apple of Jug's eye) Denny (Jane Wyman). On their lips are promises to go straight...it's too bad it's NOT written on their hearts.

Oh yes, they do purchase a Luggage Shop from Horace Bigelow (Harry Davenport). That looks to be a positive move even if the shop is located next door to a bank with a full vault.

Meanwhile Denny and new boyfriend Jeff (Jack Carson) get the real business moving by using Jeff's promotional know-how. This is to help the 'good guys' out. That's when real bad guy Leo Dexter (Anthony Quinn) escapes from jail, shows up at the shop and moves in for the take...from the bank not the luggage shop. From there the humor moves faster and more furiously. The crooks play off of each other. The dialog keeps you laughing.

Seeing Jack Carson in a romantic lead seemed strange. Seeing Jack Carson in a romantic lead with Jane Wyman as the girl he adored seemed even stranger. But it added to the humor.

And there are many other memorable roles, too. For example these played by Edward Brophy as Weepy Davis the gang member turned luggage salesman. John Qualen is Sam Bachrach a nosy shop owner. Barbara Jo Allen plays Mademoiselle Gloria who develops an instant interest in J. Chalmers Maxwell. Grant Mitchell as Mr. Aspinwall, the vault owner, ah I mean banker next door. And a certain Jackie Gleason does a short, memorable part as Hobart the lunch counter man. You have got to see those facial expressions...each and every facial expression.

Stormy


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