Andrew Stone's direction of his own story emphasizes suspense that is leavened with welcome chuckles of relief in telling the improbable but entertaining events.

Andrew Stone’s direction of his own story emphasizes suspense that is leavened with welcome chuckles of relief in telling the improbable but entertaining events.

Joseph Cotten is a minor bank exec who succumbs to a larcenous impulse and lays plans to heist $1 million when the bank closes on Friday, take off via plane with his wife for Brazil, where there is no extradition treaty with the States. Suspense continues to mount as Cotten encounters such frustrating difficulties as passport trouble, delays in plane transportation from Los Angeles to New Orleans that cause him to miss the Saturday plane to Brazil and, finally, customs curiosity that reveals to his wife he is a thief.

Cotten is very good, and Wright is capable as the wife.

The Steel Trap

Production

Thor/20th Century-Fox. Director Andrew L. Stone; Producer Bert E. Friedlob; Screenplay Andrew L. Stone; Camera Ernest Laszlo; Editor Otto Ludwig; Music Dimitri Tiomkin

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Joseph Cotten Teresa Wright Eddie Marr Aline Towne Bill Hudson
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