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The Big Steal (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 1 July 1949 (USA)
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday
Jane Greer ... Joan Graham
William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake
Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske
Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz
John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
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Storyline

Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing. Written by <timbo@netcom.com>

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Bendix is Bad! Mitchum is Mad! Greer is Gorgeous! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cais da Maldição See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$780,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jane Greer got the female lead, because studio head Howard Hughes didn't want to risk using Jane Russell, RKO's biggest female star, in case the public would turn against Robert Mitchum, because of his jail sentence for smoking marijuana. Greer and Hughes previously had a relationship, which she broke off to get married. Out of spite, Hughes stopped giving her roles, but decided that in this case she was perfect for this seemingly thankless role. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Blake kicks in the door of Lt. Halliday's cabin, whilst Lt. Halliday is in the process of getting dressed, doing up his tie and turning the shirt collar down. Capt. Blake throws Lt. Halliday's jacket to him and in the next shot he is adjusting the shirt collar again. However, the collar is not completely turned down, the tie is showing underneath and now with the jacket on, this has the collar half turned up. Cut to the next shot - Lt. Halliday goes to pour a drink, the shirt collar is now turned down, no tie is showing, but the jacket collar is now fully turned up. In the next shot, Lt. Halliday turns the jacket collar completely down and ends up in a fight with Capt. Blake. See more »

Quotes

Joan Graham: ...I gave Jin $2000. I thought it was a fortune.
Lt. Duke Halliday: Don't tell me he clipped you?
Joan Graham: He called it 'borrowing.'
Lt. Duke Halliday: No security?
Joan Graham: Unless you call a nice smile security.
Lt. Duke Halliday: That's all you got for your money?
Joan Graham: Certainly was.
Lt. Duke Halliday: [sarcastically] I'll tell you what, Chiquita, you believe me, and I'll believe you.
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A classic chase caper film noir
4 August 2003 | by Girl FridaySee all my reviews

Halliday and Chiquita meet while both chasing Fiske. She's after him for breaking their engagement and taking $2000 and he's after him for an army payroll robbery that his superior officer has blamed on him. The superior officer is chasing Halliday and the Inspector General becomes involved. A great chase with a climatic finish. Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are brilliant and you can see the sparks fly.


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