The Burglar (1957)

The Burglar

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In this tense crime drama, jewel thief Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) joins forces with two of his buddies, Baylock (Peter Capell) and Dohmer (Mickey Shaughnessy), for a job at the estate of famed spiritualist Sister Sarah (Phoebe Mackay), who has a very valuable diamond necklace stashed away. Nat's half-sister Gladden (Jayne Mansfield) -- who also has a criminal past -- asks to tag along, and Nat agrees. However, it turns out to be more of a mistake than he imagined when Charlie (Stewart Bradley), an … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Goodis
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Runtime:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cast


as Nat Harbin

as Baylock

as Police Captain

as Sister Sara

as News Commentator

as News Reporter

as Newsreel Narrator

as State Trooper

as Harbin as a Child

as Gladden as a Child
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Critic Reviews for The Burglar

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An underrated and overlooked gem, The Burglar is a very stylized film for a B movie. Wendkos uses striking camera angles and far-out set pieces to frame what is essentially a psychological story about family loyalty.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Scene-Stealers.com

...sordid world of twitchy crooks, flophouse hideouts, duplicity as a way of life, and an atmosphere dripping in sexual longing and lust, with fractured, jagged storytelling...

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

Not the perfect crime, but not a bad movie.

Full Review… | June 13, 2003

The film succeeds as a visual feast...

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Burglar

The typical heist gone wrong set-up is a helluva lot of fun with a young Jayne Mansfield and a buncha desperate characters after an emerald necklace, building to a nice climax in a funhouse.

Recommended.

½

An underrated and overlooked gem, The Burglar is a very stylized film for a B movie. Wendkos uses striking camera angles and far-out set pieces to frame what is essentially a psychological story about family loyalty. good noir from the second noir cycle

½

Jayne Mansfield plays a feature role in 1957's "The Burglar." The film has an interesting premise, but I thought the plot dragged at a few points. Let's just say It definitely has its share of slow moments. Not my favorite Mansfield film, but not a bad one either.

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