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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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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.

February 23, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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...

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…
Parallax View

Not the perfect crime, but not a bad movie.

June 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film succeeds as a visual feast...

April 8, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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