Once a Thief (1950)

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A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress... See full summary »


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  • Lon Chaney Jr. and Cesar Romero in Once a Thief (1950)
  • Lon Chaney Jr. and Cesar Romero in Once a Thief (1950)
  • Cesar Romero, June Havoc, and Marie McDonald in Once a Thief (1950)
  • Cesar Romero and June Havoc in Once a Thief (1950)
  • Cesar Romero, June Havoc, and Marie McDonald in Once a Thief (1950)
  • Cesar Romero, June Havoc, and Marie McDonald in Once a Thief (1950)

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10 January 2018 | Jimmy_the_Gent4
6
| A good compact little crime melodrama
A shoplifter (June Havoc ) tries to go straight but falls for the wrong man (Cesar Romero).

This a low budget but watchable crime film, directed by Billy Wilder's brother W. Lee Wilder. He seems to be trying to imitate his brother's films like "Double Indemnity" and it is all told in flashback. Havoc is very good in the lead and Romero oozes sleaze as the womanizing bookie. The real reason I wanted to see this was because I am big Lon Chaney Jr fan and was trying to see as many of his films as I could. It was a little disappointing since he is just playing another Lennie type role from "Of Mice And Men" but he does get a bit more screen time then he usually got in 1950s films. He adds a clever bit to his character where he constantly holds his eyeglasses by the ear piece in his mouth. This is worth seeing if you like gritty B movies of this era, plus there is some nice on location shooting in seedy Los Angeles.

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Details

Release Date:

7 July 1950

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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