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The Burglar (1957)

The Burglar (1957)

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Professional burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates, Baylock (Peter Capell) and Dohmer (Mickey Shaughnessy), set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah (Phoebe Mackay), who has inherited a fortune -- including a renowned emerald necklace -- from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat's female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up what looks like a perfect break-in; even when Nat's car is spotted by a couple of cops, he bluffs his way through, gets the necklace, and makes the getaway. But the trio -- plus Gladden -- can't agree on how to dispose of the necklace, and soon their bickering becomes a lot less important than the fact that someone is on to what they've done -- a woman (Martha Vickers) is working on Nat, while a man (Stewart Bradley) is working on Gladden. Equally serious, the trio kills a New Jersey state trooper while on their way to warn her. And among the cops chasing them is one with larceny in his heart and murder on his mind.

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Cast

Dan Duryea
as Nat Harbin
Peter Capell
as Baylock
Wendell Phillips
as Police Captain
Phoebe Mackay
as Sister Sara
John Facenda
as News Commentator
Frank Hall Crane
as News Reporter
Bob Wilson
as Newsreel Narrator
Steve Allison
as State Trooper
Richard Emory
as Harbin as a Child
Andrea McLaughlin
as Gladden as a Child
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Critic Reviews for The Burglar

All Critics (4)

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.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
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

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
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.

Sarah Marie
Sarah Marie

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