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The Big Steal

Steal was lensed on location in and around Mexico City. It gains added sight interest from this, as well as strengthened melodramatics. It takes a little time for an audience to sort out what all the shootin's about since the script dives immediately into its story without explanatory footage.

With:
Robert Mitchum Jane Greer William Bendix Patric Knowles Ramon Novarro

Steal was lensed on location in and around Mexico City. It gains added sight interest from this, as well as strengthened melodramatics. It takes a little time for an audience to sort out what all the shootin’s about since the script dives immediately into its story without explanatory footage.

When it does become clear the interest is strong as director Don Siegel unfolds a good chase yarn. Dialog is often racy and saucy, sharpening Jane Greer’s s.a. factors.

Footage is one long chase through Mexico. Robert Mitchum is chasing Patric Knowles and, in turn, is being chased by William Bendix. All are interested in a $300,000 army payroll, stolen from Mitchum by Knowles.

There’s a nifty performance by Ramon Novarro as the hep Mexican police officer.

The Big Steal

Production: RKO. Director Don Siegel; Producer Jack J. Gross; Screenplay Geoffrey Homes, Gerald Drayson Adams; Camera Harry J. Wild; Editor Samuel F. Beetley; Music Leigh Harline

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 78 MIN.

With: Robert Mitchum Jane Greer William Bendix Patric Knowles Ramon Novarro

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