When a friend of mine invited me over to watch Larceny, Inc., I wasn't expecting much. A crime drama with Edward G. Robinson seemed pretty straight forward. I was pleasantly surprised to find this Classic to be one of the best films, I've seen and not a drama but a comedy.
Three thieves, two just out of Sing-Sing decide to break into a bank buy tunneling in to the vault from the basement of their leather goods store. Not the most complex thing to do in concept but once the leather goods business takes off the thieves have some decisions to make.
Larceny, Inc. is a very well crafted script that was expertly directed. The performances delivered by the cast are a riot to watch. The timing and delivery of the lines are a credit to the Lloyd Bacon's direction. I've never seen Robinson do a comedy before and was impressed by his performance. Jackie Gleason also has a small cameo as a soda jerk and made the most of what could have been just a small part.
With the current state of finances in the United States, including the sale of the Chrysler Building and Anheuser Bush, mortgage failures, bank failures, skyrocketing debt to foreign interests and a surge in gas, oil and food prices it makes you wonder what the next shoe to drop will be. This was all predicted back in 1979 in Americathon. The country needs a bail out big time. Selling off the country one monument at a time is the solution.
The cast alone makes this movie worth seeing: John Ritter playing the President of the US was awesome. Other notables include Howard Hesseman, Harvey Korman, Elvis Costello, Meatloaf and Fred Willard - oh, I almost forgot it also had a ridiculously young Jay Leno.
Americathon is not the best movie ever made but I did enjoy it. Mind you, I saw it as part of a 36 hour sci-fi marathon (somewhere around hour number 15, I believe). Americathon is ripe for a revival if not a remake. Hell, I should buy the rights and turn it into a Broadway musical. If it can be done with the Last Starfighter then why not?