The Big Steal

Synopsis: Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip, just in time for the climactic finale. Very tight script and pacing.
Director(s): Don Siegel
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
71 min

- Get out.

You army men might be accustomed

to group showers.

I like mine alone.

- Where's Fiske?

- Taking the parrot for a walk.

- You wouldn't be his wife, would you?

- No, I wouldn't.


I don't like that "mmm-hmm. "

I'm not his wife.

If you were,

I wouldn't be saying "mmm-hmm. "

- What are you looking for?

- Huh?

Well, just a few hundred thousand dollars.

There's nothing here.

- All right, where is it?

- I don't know what you're talking about.

When Mr. Fiske comes back,

he'll take care...

You want to know something?

I don't think Mr. Fiske is coming back.

Now, look here,

Captain whatever-your-name-is.

- Blake.

- You'll find Jim down at the bar.

Sure, he's probably

buying the parrot a drink.

Well, it looks like you were sort of

caught holding the bag.

You thought it was in there, too,

didn't you?

You weren't by any chance

planning on a few minks

and a couple of new convertibles,

were you?


Are you always so chivalrous

to strange women, Captain Blake?

We'll kick that around some other time.

Boy. Boy.

What do you mean by yelling at him?

- You almost made him drop it.

- I'm sorry.

That wouldn't have helped much

in putting the pieces together.

This is almost 400 years old.

I was just trying to ask him

where I can rent a car.

Well, go ahead and ask him.

Where can I rent a car?

I can recommend you only Bobos Company.

One block down, Calle Vista,

and two blocks right.

Mister, mister, you're next.

That would be a 500-peso deposit, seor.

Where do I hit the highway to Tehuacn?

You drive six blocks down

to Calle Internacional, turn to the right.

- Did you check the spare?

- Thank you, seor.

- I was just coming back to get you.

- Sure you were.

You might need a clean shirt.

Who else have you been stealing from?

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Daniel Mainwaring

Daniel Mainwaring (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. more…

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