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Lest we forget
Sure, this film is funny. At the same time, it has its serious themes and moments. A funny film with great performances by well-known names; Edward G. Robinson, Broderick Crawford, and not so funny, Anthony Quinn, Jane Wyman, Jack Carson, and the former owner (I forget his name). We must not forget the heroism and human caring for their fellow man that also shows up in the film. Yes, there are funny, even really funny times throughout. Yet, it is also a serious crime film at the same time. This makes for great entertainment. Thank you TCM.
Watching this, I was struck by the fact that it is the same plot as Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks", except the store is a cookie company instead of a luggage store.
This movie is hilarious. I don't think I've ever laughed this hard on a Tuesday morning! Top-notch cast, too. A real gem!
Too funny, too cute (...who thought Robinson could be cute?), stellar cast, cast perfectly! Give yourself a treat, see when it is on next.
Larceny of Laughs
- Eddie the great
Never disappoints.It did start slowly,but needed the ex-con explanation.
Solid A Grade Movie
- James Smith
Starts a bit slow but picks up speed and is a superior movie. The cast from top to bottom delivers first class performances: Robinson, Wyman. Carson, Crawford, Brophy, Quinn, etc. deliver big time. Enjoy it, a great movie.
Warners ably answers the 3 Stooges' challenge. Brophy, Carson and Robinson would have been sufficient to the task. But throw in a Broderick Crawford who gets no respect and a gorgeous Wyman, and this one gets very good. Not to mention a psychopathic Quinn, and a parade of characters that includes Jackie Gleason and Barbara Jo Allen.
- Larcenously Funny
While the boys are in the pen,it's a little distracting.But this is simply a classic comedy.Robinson,Brophy and Crawford are ideal partners-in-crime,Tony Quinn menacing (seems to almost crack a smile during some hijinks),loved Jackie Gleason and Jack Carson,and the other slightly more minor characters are well used.
I absolutely adore this movie. Edward G. is one of my favorite actors, and he has a field day in this delightful romp about a gang of inept hoodlums who take over a luggage business inorder to break into the bank vault next door. Edward G. had a marvelous flair for comedy that was rarely utilized, and he gets a chance to bring it out in this movie. There's also a nice bit of pathos, as his character begins to care for the other people in the neighborhood and to realize that the common life he has scorned has a great deal to offer after all. Nobody did that kind of thing better than Edward G. I hope TCM shows this one again soon!
Too serious for a comedy
- Mr. Blandings
With talent like Robinson and Carson this movie should have been so much funnier that it was. It also loses points for being a feel-good film, since Robinson's character never really reforms. I'd recommend "The Whole Town's Talking" and "Brother Orchid" as better films to see.
ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVES,LARCENY,INC. SHOWS OFF THE DIVERSE TALENTS OF E.G. ROBINSON AS BOTH SERIOUS AND COMEDIC ACTOR.ADD THE VERY FUNNY PERFORMANCE FROM BRODERICK CRAWFORD,AND GREAT DIRECTION BY LLOYD BACON,YOU CANNOT MISS THIS SILLY LITTLE COMEDY.
- John J Homola
Very funny Edward G. Robinsin film. Out of character or is he. This is defininetly a comedy but Robinson doesn't lose an ounce of 'tough guy' weight while proving he is as talented delivering laughs as well as being a straight man to his gang and their misdeeds. One calamity after another at high speed.Also along the same lines I reccomend " A Slight Case of Murder". Robinson is going legit after the repeal of Prohibition but his beer is awful. Just ask his boys who are naturaly afraid to let The Boss know it. Both movies are just plain fun.
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
- James Higgins
90/100. This is one of Edward G. Robinson's best films and one of the best comedies of the 1940's. The supporting cast is amazing, Edward Brophy, Anthony Quinn, Jack Carson and Harry Davenport are excellent, but it's Broderick Crawford that steals every scene he is in. Look for a very young Jackie Gleason as the soda jerk. The adapted screenplay by Everett Freeman and Edwin Gilbert from S.J. and Laura Perelman's play (The Night Before Christmas) is outstanding. It moves along briskly and there is never a dull moment. Funny situations, great dialogue and it is unique and different. I am very surprised this film is not better known, it's a fine classic.
- patsy pirillo
Edward G. Robinson spoofing his "tough guy" image. All he wants to do is one last job and everything conspires to get him to go honest. Jane Wyman heads a supporting cast of Warner's great charactor actors, inckuding Jack Carson, Anthony Quinn and Broderick Crawford. Event after hilarious event leads to an exciting climax. A laughfest from start to finish.