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The Big Steal, Movie, 1949 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • De grote herrie (Belgium)
  • La grande bagarre (Belgium)
  • O Cais da Maldição (Brazil)
  • Die rote Schlinge (Germany)
  • Et kæmpekup (Denmark)
  • El gran robo (Spain)
  • Kuolema vaanii varjossa (Finland)
  • Ça commence à Vera-Cruz (France)
  • Vera Cruz aranya (Hungary)
  • Il tesoro di Vera Cruz (Italy)
  • O Grande Assalto (Portugal)
  • Jakten genom Mexico (Sweden)
  • El tesoro de Veracruz (Venezuela)

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DidierF FR

2015-01-07 05:20

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About eighteen months after Out of the Past, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are paired again. But though the story is written by the same Daniel Mainwaring, this early Don Siegel's movie doesn't play in the same league than Jacques Tourneur's great noir.

Actually, it doesn't even play the same sport: here we are chiefly in comedy. The noirish elements are there to justify an almost one hour long chase equipped with witty lines between the two leads, and funny moments.

Neverthless, the acme is tough and rough…
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… but with a smile. A faux-noir, vous dis-je!

William Bendix is playing as nuts as ever
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Patric Knowles (Fiske), John Qualen (Seton)
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are fine supports,

and Ramon Navarro and Don Alvarado, the couple of cops, bring the couleur locale element with great mastery and fun.

About the color, this black and white is somptuously cinematographied by Harry J. Wild,
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… and the Mexican location gives many wonderful frames.

Excellent film ! Attrapez-le où vous pourrez si vous ne l'avez jamais vu, revoyez-le si c'est déjà fait, mais cette longue course-poursuite dans la région de Tehuacán est amusante au possible, avec même ce qu'il faut de violence pour soutenir tous les types d'intérêts.

Le couple Mitchum-Jane Greer fonctionne bien, avec l'élément romantique réduit au minimum mais présent, Bendix est fou comme un lapin, Ramon Navarro est suave, la photo belle, l'histoire soutenue jusqu'à la fin.

Et puis, ce quasi début de Don Siegel se passe à 80% à fond de train sur la route, alors…


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DidierF FR

2015-01-07 05:35

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You, er… you may find that I gave too many one-star vehicles but it was such a treat to pick in this good copy of this very good movie… Besides, I left aside this charming little pick-up truck, behind Patric Knowles and Jane Greer at 00:12:25:

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I couldn't read the marque. Can you?

DidierF FR

2015-01-07 05:44

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A last word for tonight: I recommend the quotations of Don Siegel's words, like you can read them here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0796923/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Skywatcher68 US

2015-01-07 23:07

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DidierF wrote I left aside this charming little pick-up truck, behind Patric Knowles and Jane Greer at 00:12:25:

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I couldn't read the marque. Can you?


I think it's Fargo, which fits with the MoPar-style grille.

-- Last edit: 2015-01-07 23:07:56

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