The Burglar

1957

Film-Noir / Thriller

6
IMDb Rating 6.7

Synopsis


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90 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bravo78 6

The Burglar fits the bill for film noir. But it also proves that film noir can be quite average. <br/><br/>The movie starts in quick. An &#39;organization&#39; of burglars plan and pull off a heist to steal a valuable necklace from a &#39;spiritualist&#39;- aka con artist in Philadelphia. Unfortunately Act II consists of the waiting. And the angst. Gawd, the angst. And this is where things start to fall apart. Watching the crooks go stir crazy while holed up waiting for the heat to die down is simply not compelling. Mansfield fits the bill as eye candy but puts in some deplorable acting. Capell&#39;s character has a monologue about moving to South America that goes on much too long. And Duryea plays his character like a deer in the headlights. He knows he should move but can&#39;t seem to take action. But finally a decision is made to pull up stakes - to Atlantic City. There&#39;s even a car chase.<br/><br/>And something in the water in Atlantic City seemed to have changed director Paul Wendkos into Orson Welles. I had to check the credits to see if Welles was listed. (he&#39;s not). Heavy Welles influence ensues and were treated to a fairly solid close. <br/><br/>The plot is tight and comes with a twist. Vickers femme fatale role falls flat, what with sharing angst with Duryea&#39;s character and all. Though I&#39;m sensing without the Hayes code they might have been free to share something besides angst. Duryea is solid but his character was poorly written.<br/><br/>The Burglars is not a great film noir movie but is a passable entry into the genre. 6/10

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Reviewed by claudius131 6

As others have noted, the script is not well written.<br/><br/>It&#39;s a good example of what can happen when a novelist adapts his own work for the screen. When it comes to editing, authors just hate having to kill their darlings, and so it was with Goodis leaving in those numerous dreadfully long monologues, which might be acceptable in a novel where the plot plays out in the reader&#39;s mind, but are inexcusable in a movie where the rule is &#39;show it, don&#39;t tell it&#39;.<br/><br/>Unless dialog moves the plot forward it needs to be excised.<br/><br/>Goodis gave the director some real challenges, and what we end up with are characters not able to look at each other but instead stare without emotion while they babble on interminably about themselves, stopping the action dead.<br/><br/>Otherwise the plot, apart from some logic holes, is a good one, and typical of Goodis.<br/><br/>Casting is another problem for me. Mansfield&#39;s acting is simply atrocious. <br/><br/>Durea is a fine performer but having to act like and say that his age is 36, when in fact he is and looks almost 50, jars.<br/><br/>Peter Capell chews the scenery trying to depict Baylock.<br/><br/>Stewart Bradley (Charlie) personifies evil. I enjoyed his performance. I think Goodis writes best when he&#39;s writing for the villain of the piece.

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Reviewed by dougdoepke 7

Three burglars steal a valuable necklace before encountering the proverbial web of deceit.<br/><br/>The movie&#39;s a highly uneven work, reminding me as much of Kubrick&#39;s The Killing (1956) as the arty flashes of Welles and others. Clearly director Wendkos is reaching for an artistic style, but unlike Kubrick, Wendkos imitates more than he originates. Plus he&#39;s working with a ham-handed screenplay that lacks the clarity and flow of Kubrick&#39;s classic racetrack caper. Unfortunately, the narrative here tends to stumble along rather than evolve. For example, note the holes in just how the crooked cop puts his operation together, and how he knows as much as he knows. Nonetheless, the opening ten minutes covering the jewel theft is very effective, showing real promise. But the fluidity soon lapses.<br/><br/>On a lighter note, I can&#39;t help but notice (like another reviewer) Mansfield&#39;s unusually bushy eyebrows that undercut her good looks. I&#39;m wondering if they were natural and later pared back by a studio make-over or whether they resulted here from a myopic make-up man. In fact, without all the studio glamorizing of later years, I hardly recognized her.<br/><br/>Anyway, for all its shortcomings, the movie remains a generally interesting curiosity that also affirms an unusual moral. Namely, that there can be more honor among thieves than among cops. Something Kubrick also knew.

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