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Before the opening credits roll, "Nat" is shown concentrating on a newsreel about "Sister Sara" and her necklace. Paul Wendkos' screen credit reads "directed and edited by." According to Hollywood Reporter production charts, location filming was done in Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, NJ. The Burglar marked the screen debut of Stewart Bradley. According to the Daily Variety review, The Burglar was an independent production that was bought by Columbia after the film was completed. The 1971 French-Italian production Le Casse, directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Omar Sharif, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Dyan Cannon, was also based on David Goodis' book.