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The Burglar (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

David Goodis (screenplay), David Goodis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Nat Harbin
Jayne Mansfield ... Gladden
Martha Vickers ... Della
Peter Capell ... Baylock
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Dohmer
Wendell K. Phillips Wendell K. Phillips ... Police Captain
Phoebe Mackay Phoebe Mackay ... Sister Sara
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Charlie
John Facenda John Facenda ... News Commentator
Sam Elber Sam Elber ... Gerald
Frank Hall Frank Hall ... News Reporter
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... Newsreel Narrator
Steve Allison Steve Allison ... State Trooper
Richard Emery Richard Emery ... Harbin as a Child
Andrea McLaughlin Andrea McLaughlin ... Gladden as a Child
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Storyline

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

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A trail of perfume...and violence!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Toter lügt nicht See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Samson Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The 1951 Chevy driven by Nat Harbin is described as "light gray" over the police radio and in the teletype voice-over, yet the description on the teletype reads that the car is "green." See more »

Quotes

Della: [slaps Nat Harbin] Just to let you know I'm... not selling anything.
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and introducing stewart bradley See more »

Connections

References Beyond the Forest (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Mine
Vocal by Vince Carson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Marcucchi and Pete DeAngelo
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This should pass some time quite well
1 April 2014 | by tlloydesqSee all my reviews

Let's break this film into 3 scenes: the intro and robbery – good. The ending – good. The wordy bit in the middle – awful.

There is a reasonable (not brilliant) story in there and the cast make a good fist of that but the overly emotional scenes which bind the story together just don't work. That the score is overpowering doesn't help.

But this film could have been so much better if it was tightened up. There are some decent jazz rhythms humming away in the background which could have been worked on and the dramatisation I refer to in the middle could also have been better arranged.

On the plus side, the seedy setting suits the film and I appreciate the straightforward action – no need for choreographed martial arts when a few decent punches (carefully played in the background) do the job.

I wouldn't go out of my way to watch this film again but...if you have 90 minutes to kill it is worth persevering with.


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