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Once a Thief(1950)

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  • Actors made the most of it

    • DeJordy
    • 1/30/18

    Script takes some sudden hops and some of the lines are melodramatically silly, but it's a good tale played well. Cesar Romero is a delightfully treacherous skunk. Marie McDonald looks great. June Havoc is convincing as a working girl just trying to make it, but is less persuasive as a woman utterly smitten with Romero.The print is not real sharp. The location shooting is something to watch.

  • once a thief

    • kevin sellers
    • 1/15/18

    I agree with all the previous reviewers. I would only add that W. Lee Wilder, like his more famous sibling, certainly knew his way around the seedier sides of L.A. in the early 50s. And Marie "The Body" McDonald is one real looker, huh? Let's give this film a solid B.

  • Very Good

    • TCM Watcher
    • 1/11/18

    For being a fairly low budget film I thought it was pretty damn good. Caesar Romero was particularly good. 3 out of 4 stars.

  • Crawford in sack cloth and ashes

    • don letta
    • 1/10/18

    June Havoc proves quietly and effectively that she can carry a film. Warners could have given this script to Crawford, added an Adrian wardrobe, and added another hit for her when she was riding high.As it stands, I feel it's a better film, and that is because of Havoc's sustained professionalism. There's very little hand wringing here, just an evolving tale of a hardscrabble gal on her way down the rabbit hole. We're treated to a few scenes with June dressed to the nines, thanks to the Iris Adrian character (type-cast to be sure, but always a blast), and what a glamorous picture she presented. It's too bad someone didn't recognize this winning combination of great looks and talent and turn her into the star she could have been.

  • A Big Surprise!

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 1/10/18

    "Once A Thief" is a very effective B feature about a woman who allowed a man to destroy her. The moment that she handed over that $1000 "loan" was the moment that she sealed her doom.

  • B Is For Better

    • H.A.C.
    • 1/10/18

    Once again lesser name actors pull together to make a liveable movie in which the B status transcends celebrityhood. The wayward girls within their friendships, the conman & his assistant - all made for an attention sustaining crime story that was satisfying to follow & ended just before its beginning.

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