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« on: September 22, 2011, 10:29:42 AM »

The Big Steal (1949) Of course this is not a noir, but apparently somebody considers it to be, so here we are. This is one of the best chase movies I saw, it starts at 110 and keeps it until the end.  The end is a little awkward, overcomplicated and the episode of the mexican road workers idiotic. Still is vert enjoyable. 8\10

The 1.5 minute Noir- Your right this isn't very Noir, in fact the only Noir-ish lighting occurs at the end during a fight scene (and that's because Jane Greer knocked over a light, lol) and lasts a bit over a minute. Its mostly a chase film and a very good one, and aside from the processed shots with front and rear projections its pretty exciting stuff as the various factions race along the roads around Veracruz Mexico. The second unit shots of the car Jane and Bob are driving is a 1934 Buick, Patric Knowles is in a 1941 Ford, Bendix is in a late 40's Buick sedan (then a new car), are very exciting as they bob and weave almost out of control, pedal to the metal.



Directed by Don Siegel, and stars Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Ramon Navarro and Patric Knowles. The story is quite ridiculous especially after the opening sequence between Bendix & Mitchum, when you get to the end, you say WTF? Even the Czar of Noir calls this a Romantic Comedy/noir (my emphasis) lol. Its more a crime/chase than anything else. Problems with filming occurred because of Mitchum's marijuana bust and his days in jail.

Biggest Disappointment - Jane Greer

Now Jane Greer made this just two years after "Out Of The Past" and she looks frumpy, 10 years older, with a lot of miles on her, especially noticeable are the bags under her eyes, and her hair looks terrible too. It may be because she was pregnant during filming but she just doesn't look good.

Greer in the Big Steal                                                                                    Greer in Out Of The Past


What's to like?

The Chase footage
Great Mexican Locations
Mitchum & Bendix

Special Features include an adequate commentary by Richard B. Jewell and through out that commentary he mentions how much the original script was changed to appease the censors, jettisoning fight and sexual scenes between Mitchum & Greer.

If somebody could find that original script this may make an exciting remake, but only if you could replicate Mexico of the 40-50's perhaps rewrite it to what ever now is the most undeveloped Latin American country.

I won't go quite as high as titoli and give it a 7/10



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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012, 09:51:25 PM »

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The Big Steal (1949) Of course this is not a noir, but apparently somebody considers it to be, so here we are. This is one of the best chase movies I saw, it starts at 110 and keeps it until the end.  The end is a little awkward, overcomplicated and the episode of the mexican road workers idiotic. Still is vert enjoyable. 8\10

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2012, 09:52:14 PM »

Very silly movie. The whole thing is borderline comedic chase.

Mitchum and Bendix are good, and this movie had a good sense of location, unlike so many movies of that period in which you just know it was all shot on the same street in the same backlot.
They put a terrible hat on Jane Greer and she looks just awful.

This movie gets a 6/10

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2012, 01:54:02 AM »

Fast, entertaining stuff. 7/10

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