The Big Steal ~ Colorized Edition ~ Robert Mitchum, William Bendix, Patric Knowles, Jane Greer
The Big Steal is a 1949 American black-and-white film noir/comedy (now colorized) reteaming Out of the Past stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer . The film was directed by Don Siegel , based on the short story " The Road to Carmichael's " by Richard Wormser .
U.S. Army lieutenant Duke Halliday ( Robert Mitchum ) is robbed of a $300,000 payroll by Jim Fiske ( Patric Knowles ). When Halliday's superior, Captain Vincent Blake ( William Bendix ), suspects him of having taken part in the theft, Halliday has no choice but to pursue Fiske into Mexico. Along the way, he runs into Joan Graham ( Jane Greer ), who is after the $2000 she loaned to her boyfriend, Fiske. The two join forces, though they are not sure at first if they can trust each other.
Fiske stays one step ahead of the couple, while they are in turn chased by Blake. When Halliday is knocked down trying to stop Fiske from getting away, he comes to the attention of Police Inspector General Ortega ( Ramon Novarro ). Ortega lets him go after Halliday claims to be Blake (using identification he took from the captain after a brawl), but keeps an eye on him. His suspicions are confirmed when the real Blake shows up at his office for help.
Halliday and Graham track Fiske to an isolated house in the desert, where Fiske is meeting with Seton ( John Qualen ), a fence who offers Fiske $150,000 in untraceable bills in exchange for the payroll. The couple are captured by Seton's henchmen. When Blake shows up, Halliday is initially relieved to be rescued, until he learns that Blake is actually Fiske's partner in crime.
Robert Mitchum as Lt. Duke Halliday
Jane Greer as Joan Graham
William Bendix as Capt. Vincent Blake
Patric Knowles as Jim Fiske
Ramon Novarro as Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado as Lt. Ruiz
John Qualen as Julius Seton