The Big Steal

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  • Action, Adventure, Crime, Film Noir, Thriller , produced in 1949 USA
  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer
  • Directed by: Don Siegel
  • Rating: 7.1 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: A typically laconic Robert Mitchum stars as Lieutenant Duke Halliday in this terse, efficient noir. Framed for the theft of an army payroll, he takes off on a chase from Verz Cruz into the heart of Mexico after the real thief, Jim Fiske (Patrick Knowles), in an effort to clear himself. Joining him in the search is Fiske's jilted fiancée, Joan Graham (Jane Greer). Close on the heels of both is police captain Vince Blake (William Bendix), not to mention Mexican inspector Colonel Ortega (Ramon Novarro). Along the way, Duke and Joan's breakneck pursuit is strewn with comedic obstacles including a herd of goats, an oxcart, and an impressively underachieving Mexican road crew. After a slew of fistfights and multiple double crosses, it appears that the cagey Ortega has the couple within his grasp, but they mangage to elude him once again. Mitchum and the radiant Greer are ideally cast in this second effort with Daniel Mainwaring, the writer of their classic OUT OF THE PAST. The terse noir, which injects some much-needed humor into the genre, also features magnificent photography of the Mexican desert and mountain regions.
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