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

Turn around.

You're on the wrong track, pal.

- Wrong track with the wrong man.

- Save it for Washington.

We're flying back today

and we're taking it with us.

No, we're not. I haven't got it.

Where is it, Halliday?

I told you, you're on the wrong track.

Now, if you'll sit down and stop pointing

that gun at me

and let me do some talking...

Shut up, you've got nothing to talk about.

Get your bag.

Put it down.

I'm only gonna drink out of it.

Do you mind?

We got no time.

Call me seorita.

Vamos, will you?

Will you get out of the way?

Scram, will you?

Come on, scram, por favor.

It's men like you who make people

like them contemptuous of tourists.

Doesn't it occur to you

they don't understand?

- Well, I spoke to him in Spanish.

- Oh, is that what it was?

- Two hundred pesos, seor.

- Forget it.

- One hundred pesos, seor.

- I don't want any.

- Twenty pesos, seor.

- Vamos, will you?

Twenty pesos.

Thank you, thank you, seor.

- If that means what I think it does...

- It does.

If you know so much about etiquette,

get to work on Chiquita.

Taxi! Taxi!

Oh, you can have it.

- Who is it?

- It's Joan.

Come on, Jim, open the door.

Why, Joan, darling,

where did you drop from?

Never mind locking it. I'm not staying.

Oh, now, Joan, don't let's start a fight.

Now you can give me back my $2,000.

Well, that's a fine way to greet

the guy you're engaged to.

What did you expect? Kisses?

I don't understand. I thought...

No, no, you thought I was the type of girl

who would sit home and cry her eyes out.

I don't get it. What's there to cry about?

The $2,000 you borrowed.

If you're going to put the dollar sign

in front of everything,

I guess I'm lucky to find it out now,

before we got married.

You know, darling,

a woman has to have a little faith in a man.

Oh, you're a fine one to talk about faith.

You don't know what the word means.

- Oh, don't I?

- Oh, stop it.

The last time you started that

it cost me my bank account.

- There's that dollar sign again.

- Where? I don't see it.

Come on, hand it over.

I was saving that money for my trousseau.

Oh, darling, your pride's been hurt

because I went away without a word.

And stayed away without several.

Will you try to believe there was a reason?

A good one.

Sure, you wanted to surprise me.

By not coming back.

But, darling,

I planned on starting back tomorrow.

Go on.

I wanted to walk in on you

and dump a fortune in your lap.

I don't want a fortune.

All I want is what you owe me.

I'm trying to tell you, I'm gonna

give it all back to you with interest.

Just as soon as I finish the little job I'm on.

- Then I'll just wait.

- Fine.

It won't take long. All I have to do

is deliver something to a man.

All right, where do we deliver it?

- We?

- You won't mind my going along?

No, of course not.

I was just going down to rent a car.

We'll leave in an hour.

You go on in and freshen up a little bit,

and I'll be right back.

- Is that what we're delivering?

- Yes.

- How long a trip is it?

- Oh, a couple of hundred kilometers.

We go through a little place called Libres.

Not Tehuacn?

No, that was another trip.


Wait a minute, that's the only map I've got.

I'll keep it safe.

I hope this is waterproof, Mr. Fiske,

'cause I'm taking a shower

and it's taking one with me.

All right, Fiske, come on out.


Come on out, sister.

Who is it?

Captain Vincent Blake, United States Army.

Open the door.

I will not.

- All right, then I'm coming in there.

- No, no, no, wait, wait. Just a minute.

- Chiquita, what are you doing here?

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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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