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The Big Caper (1957)

Rory Calhoun , Mary Costa , Robert Stevens  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rory Calhoun, Mary Costa, James Gregory, Robert Harris
  • Directors: Robert Stevens
  • Writers: Martin Berkeley, Lionel White
  • Producers: Howard Pine, William C. Thomas
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An indebted con man persuades a crime boss to bankroll a heist on a small town bank, posing as a married couple with the bosses girl.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The handsome guy , the tough guy and the inebriate September 7, 2012
When i saw who headlined this tight little caper film , i kept thinking , Rory Calhoun ? Rory Calhoun ? Well after i'd settled into the film , beyond the mid point to be sure , it hit me! "It Takes All Kinds Of Critters To Make Farmer Vincent's Fritters" . HOTEL HELL . I'd never seen Mr. Calhoun so young before (to my knowledge) . Good looking young guy he was too . I've always been a fan of James Gregory and got a kick out of watching him do his thing . I can't summon the name of Uncle "gin mill" , the explosives expert ? No matter . I think that gentleman made a pretty fine living playing the lush on the big and small screen , if memory serves ? The film has a few unintended laughs but was obviously shot on a tight budget in about nine days or so . The other characters are interesting too . The homicidal , blond fitness freak . The bad girl spoiling to go good . The kind and inviting community our heist folk insinuate themselves into . The vault cracker who settles for fifteen grand rather than listening to the value of 10 percent . The film's all B-movie gold . Brisk , involving and fun . You can stream it for free (thanks to Netflix) and see if you'd enjoy a copy . Flawed ? Sure . Fun ? Oh yeah!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out In The Be-Bop 1950s Night September 10, 2013
Sure a guy, a guy like Frank, who came up the hard way, a coal-miner father taken by the dust, and a bereft mother left to raise six kids helter-skelter with no dough, had dreams, big dreams of that one big score that would settle accounts, settle accounts with society, and settle accounts with that nagging empty feeling of always being short of dough. Frank though did not see those dreams coming true from working nine to five and saving his pennies, or maybe making some big invention to wow a candid world or hitting a big score on the horses over at Santa Anita (truth to tell he was on something of a losing streak just then). No, our Frank, a good- looking young guy with plenty of black hair and blue eyes, was nothing but a hustler, a Bunco guy, you know a con artist, a flimflam man and so with larceny in his heart he kept trying to figure out the road to that big score.

And Frank found it, found it like finding gold on the ground in his sunny California homeland ; a payroll heist, a million dollar heist of the dough for servicemen, for Marines, at Camp Pendleton, down by Oceanside held over the weekend before payday at a local bank nearby for safe keeping. The problem though was that Frank was tapped out, broke, was moreover way outside his league on pulling this one together, way outside his penny ante games, small time grift stuff. And he needed confederates, a few specialists, yeggs, wheelmen, heavy duty rough stuff guys to cope to this caper.

So naturally Frank turned to his old comrade- in- arms in the Bunco rackets the semi-retired Mister Flood (everybody in the rackets, even Frank, called him that as a sign of respect for his prowess as a con artist living in luxury and the promoter of few legendary scams) to promote this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars among the best film noir pictures December 22, 2013
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I thought it among the best film noir pictures I have seen. The first 10 minutes or so is a little cheesy but after that it's great. Great character development and excellent casting...the psychos should have gotten an Academy Award. You think you got it figured or at least I did but I wrong.
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In 1957, the heist film "The Big Caper" was made. Featuring an adaptation of the novel by Lionel White, the film is directed by Robert Stevens ("Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Never Lose a Stranger") and a screenplay by Martin Berkeley ("Tarantula", "Revenge of the Creature", "The Deadly Mantis").

The film would star Rory Calhoun ("Texan", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "River of No Return"), Mary Costa ("Sleeping Beauty", "The Great Waltz") and James Gregory ("The Manchurian Candidate", "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", "The Lawless Years").

"The Big Caper" revolves around Frank Harper (played by Rory Calhoun), a man who is in debt for gambling and wiped out his money on horse races.

Frank decides to pay his good friend and former bank heist professional Flood (played by James Gregory) to rob a small coastal town bank which is the bank used for the payroll for a nearby army base. But unfortunately, Flood has no intention of going to prison again and wants to live the good life.

But after Frank shows Flood the location and how there are not many police, it appears that there chances of success are high and both men are enticed to robbing the bank.

But first, Frank needs to fit in with the community and learn more about how things work in the small town. He and Flood's girlfriend, Kay (played by Mary Costa) purchase a gas station shop and immediately, they start to fit in with the community, making friends and even befriending a police officer.

And for Kay, she starts to enjoy the domestic life of cooking and having people over at their house. She also starts to fall for Frank, but Frank reminds her that this all for business and their plan is to rob the bank and he would never betray Flood by messing around with his girlfriend.
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