The Burglar

1957

Film-Noir / Thriller

6
IMDb Rating 6.7

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Reviewed by telegonus 9/10

I saw this film a long time ago and was tremendously impressed, almosthynotized, by its technique. It was directed by Paul Wendkos, who's sincegone on to a successful career in television, but who was for a whileconsidered an up and coming director of movies. The stars, Dan Duryea andJayne Mansfield, never quite achieved the kind of success many hadenvisioned for them. Duryea's career was sidetracked by Richard Widmark,andMansfield never replaced Marilyn Monroe. Part of the charm of this filmiswatching small timers play small timers in a small movie that didn't costalot of money and which few people saw or want to see because no oneconnected with it is famous (though Jayne has her fans I guess). To makematters worse, the film is arty, full of offbeat camera angles andstrangelighting that sometimes makes people look startled, as if they'recontinually having their picture taken. It's a tawdry tale about littlepeople with big problems, and it works. For all I know it could be a workofart. The story is mostly about a jewel robbery, but it's also about thestrange, almost incestuous relationship between Dan and Jayne, which bothdoes and doesn't have a whole lot to do with jewels. There is a very badguyinvolved who comes across like a young Senator Joe McCarthy. There arescenes in an amusement park; and more scenes in an empty stadium. I'm notsure why. The films is dazzling and ambitious and pretentious, so much sothat it's beyond mere film noir as such; it's more like artnoir.

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Reviewed by Alonzo Church 7/10

A showy medium has a set of fancy jewels. Dan Duryea, THE BURGLAR,intends to steal them with the help of gang member Jayne Mansfield.Will the stresses and strains of the criminal lifestyle wreck theirlives, or will the gang finally make the big score that will let themall retire? <br><br>This is one of those movies, following in the wake of the AsphaltJungle, that shows how the tiny character flaws of the criminalsinvolved in a caper all work to mess up their enterprise. If you likethe genre, you&#x27;ll like this. If you are not a noir/crime movieenthusiast, you might determine that all this seems pretty derivativefrom better movies. The director has definitely seen his Orson Wellesmovies (Citizen Kane and Lady from Shanghai are sampled here), but heonly has a B-movie plot to drive the action. Later in the movie, thisbecomes a problem when the mechanics of inevitable doom require Duryeato show an implausible lack of judgment.<br><br>Nevertheless, Dan Duryea, who plays his role without an ounce of hisusual scuzzy smarm, responds quite well to being cast somewhat againsttype. Jayne Mansfield, who had not yet developed her inflatable sexdoll persona (this movie was shot well before Will Success Spoil RockHunter?), does well with a fairly nuanced part that makes use of herlooks, but does not require her to be either stupid or sleazy. Themovie, when not being overly showy with its visuals, gets in some greatlocation shooting in both Philadlphia and Atlantic City.<br><br>This is worth seeing, if you like crime movies. But you will get thefeeling there was a lot of potential that went unfulfilled here.

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 5/10

The Burglar is directed by Paul Wendkos and adapted to screenplay byDavid Goodis from his own novel of the same name. It stars Dan Duryea,Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell, Micky Shaughnessy andStewart Bradley. Music is by Sol Kaplan and cinematography by DonMalkames.<br><br>Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) is the leader of a small gang of crooks whoburgle a necklace from the home of a famous spiritualist. One of Nat&#x27;sgang is Gladden (Mansfield), the daughter of the man who took Nat underhis wing when Nat was an orphan. In return Nat has always looked afterGladden. But once the necklace is in their hands, the group begins tocome apart, and with outside forces muscling their way in, it&#x27;sprobably not going to end well&#x85;<br><br>It sat on the shelf for two years, where no buyer could be found, butthen Jayne Mansfield became one of the &#x22;it&#x22; girls and The Burglar sawthe light of day. Long out of circulation it became a film that noirenthusiasts greatly courted over the years, but now it&#x27;s widelyavailable was it worth the wait?<br><br>Well it has proved to be a very divisive entry in the film noiruniverse. Undoubtedly it has style to burn, director Wendkos hasobserved some of his film noir peers and dripped their influences allover his movie; and not in a subtle way either. Sweaty close-ups, shockcutting, oblique angled frames and shadow adorned sequences attempt toput oomph in the narrative, while the newsreel opening and amusementpark finale scream out that the film wants to be loved by the noircrowd.<br><br>It&#x27;s all very neatly constructed, and with Kaplan&#x27;s bold brassy scorelaid over the top, it deserves its noir badge. But it does feel likeart for arts sake at times, like Wendkos is working over time visuallyto compensate for a weak screenplay. It becomes evident that it wasn&#x27;ta great idea to let Goodis adapt from his own novel, it needed ascreenplay writer capable of putting more emotional carnage into thecharacterisations.<br><br>There is no flow to the story and the actors often look lost and notsure where to take the source material to. Even the ever reliable noirhero Duryea is straining to make his character work, a victim ofextraneous nonsense that doesn&#x27;t seem to serve any purpose to plotting.Mansfield&#x27;s performance is one of the hot topic divisive points, but Idon&#x27;t see how, it&#x27;s awkward and her limitations as an actress areevident, no matter how foxy she looks. While Stewart Bradley in a keyrole just flat out can&#x27;t act, something that draws some of the stingfrom the finale.<br><br>The visual smarts and some nice location photography in Philly andAtlantic City ensure it&#x27;s not a dead loss, while if you prepareyourself for a character study rather than a pulpy noir pot-boiler thenthat sets expectation levels correctly. But it&#x27;s not one to recommendwith confidence; even if Marty Scorsese is a fan! 5/10

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