When Lt. Duke Halliday (Robert Mitchum) is framed for robbery, he sets out to find the real thief, Fiske (Patric Knowles), in Mexico. On the run from the cops led by Capt. Blake (William Bendix), he meets Joan (Jane Greer), and the two work together to capture Fiske and evade Blake.
Stay away from this movie
- The Big Steal review by TM
First of all, this movie is colorised, and Cinema Paradiso has no warning about this.
Second, the movie would be bad even in the original black and white. There is pretense of suspense buildup, pretense of romance, pretence of everything.
Third, the movie, because of its lack of anything more substantial, relies very heavily on the local Mexican folklore which is caricatured in very bad taste.
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Robert Mitchum plays Robert Mitchum
- The Big Steal review by RhysH
Not so much a film noir as a road movie with fights. Some great dialogue between Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in which her character (Jan) is given as many cutting lines as his (Duke). She also handles a car at speed as well as him, much to Duke's male chagrin.
William Bendix gives some great Bendix scowls that just stay clear of the comic.
The Mexican setting is good to look at but the Mexican characters are rather stereotyped. If you are an American detective all you have to do is shout at everybody and they are bound to understand!