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For fans of Out of the Past (1947), seeing Mitchum and Greer together again, albeit in a very different type of movie, is a treat. It's not a great film but it's enjoyable viewing for Noirvember.
In this taut cat-and-mouse tale, all concerned are in top form.
Siegel packs lots of chases and action into 72 minutes, with a great ending.
Don Seigel gives with a little advertisement for Mexican tourism as a chase for stolen Army money breaks over Mexico's highways. This isn't noir, or even a chase film (although it could apply to either), but rather an excuse for Greer and Mitchum to make with the goo-goo eyes at each other. Seigel throws in a fist fight or two lest the gents get too impatient. Decent. John Qualen, character actor extraordinaire, drops his nearly ever-present Swede accent for one movie, reason enough to watch!
This is the second movie in a Film Noir Collection and its quite good. Robert Mitchun stars as Duke Haliday who appears to be on the run, chasing him is Army officer Captain Blake (William Bendix). It appears that Mitchum stole 300,000 dollars, this movie having been made in 1949 that's a huge chunk of change, but did he really steal it. Watch to find out, you will not be sorry, 4 1/2 stars
A thief who robbed an army payroll makes his way through Mexico pursued by an ex fiancee he cheated out of $2000, the man falsely accused of the crime and an army officer looking to apprehend him. The Big Steal is more a colourful road movie than Film Noir and the breezy romance between Mitchum and Greer almost reminded me of It Happened One Night with guns. In fact there's very little else to the plot; just a long chase through some nice Mexican locations but its embellished with some interesting characters, snappy dialogue and solid car chases. Directed with typical economy by Don (Dirty Harry) Siegel in one of his earliest projects, The Big Steal won't change your world but it's a fun ride for it's brief duration.
A sort of round-about chase movie with an interesting cast and story. I liked it.
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