January 4th, 2021

Me

Movie Critique - The Burglar

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A tale of an honorable thief mixed with unwarranted romance and confusing plot lines, the film is not a bad film noir. Yet not something I would watch earnestly.

The Burglar is a 1957 American crime thriller film noir directed by Paul Wendkos, produced by Louis W. Kellman and released by Columbia Pictures. With Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers and Peter Capell among others in the cast, the film was based on the 1953 novel of the same name by David Goodis.

Nat Habrin (portrayed by Dan Duryea). a professional burglar plans to steal a heavily jeweled necklace that came into possession of Sister Sara and her spiritualist group. Aided by his mentor's daughter Gladden (portrayed by Jayne Mansfield), and two associates Baylock (portrayed by Peter Capell) and Dohmer (portrayed by Mickey Shaughnessy), he devices a plan. But things start falling apart when a mysterious person follows their every step; tensions rip apart the gang; and mixed feelings towards his mentor's daughter creates havoc in Habrin's mind and life post robbery.

This is directorial debut for Wendkos. Screenplay for the film was written by David Goodis himself, first and only time for Goodis. I recently watched two more films that were based on books written by David Goodis - 1947 American mystery thriller Dark Passage with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in the lead cast; and the 1957 American film noir Nightfall with Aldo Ray and Anne Bancroft in the lead cast.

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