I Stole a Million


1h 20m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 21, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Taxi driver Joe Lourik gets in an argument with the manager of a cab finance company over payments that owes on his new cab. Believing that he has been cheated, Joe reclaims his payments and is arrested for robbery. Escaping with a pair of handcuffs dangling from his wrists, Joe jumps on a passing freight train where he meets a tramp who gives him the address of Patian, a thief and a fence in San Diego, from whom he can get his handcuffs removed. In San Diego, Patian agrees to remove the cuffs on the condition that Joe drive the getaway car for a bank robbery. After the robbery, Patian sends Joe to a boarding house in Sacramento to await his cut of the money. Growing impatient, Joe decides to return to San Diego and enters a flower shop with the intention of robbing it. At the store, he meets clerk Laura Benson, falls in love at first sight and decides to go straight. With his winnings from a crap game, Joe buys a garage in Amesville and settles down, but a year later, the police are back on his trail. Desperate, Joe travels to San Diego to demand money from Patian, but Patian's thugs waylay him, forcing Joe to rob a post office . Afraid that he will be caught if he returns home, Joe disappears. Some time later, he sees a picture of his newborn baby in the paper and arranges for a meeting with Laura who pleads with Joe to give himself up and serve his time so that he can start a new life. Hearing footsteps, Joe flees from the police who have followed Laura, and Laura is arrested as an accomplice. While Laura is in jail, Joe decides to steal enough money so that Laura and his daughter will be financially secure, and so he embarks upon a crime wave which earns him the moniker of "the million dollar bandit." After serving her sentence, Laura arranges for another meeting with Joe and again pleads with him to give himself up. As the police surround them, Joe has no other choice but to concede to his wife's wishes.

Cast

George Raft

Joe Lourik

Claire Trevor

Laura Benson

Dick Foran

Paul Carver

Henry Armetta

Nick

Victor Jory

Patian

Joseph Sawyer

Billings

Robert Elliot

Peterson

Tom Fadden

Verne

John Hamilton

District Attorney

George Chandler

Double Hat

Irving Bacon

Simpson

Stanley Ridges

Attorney Downs

Mary Forbes

Woman customer in flower shop

Phil Tead

Charlie

Wallis Clark

Jenkins

Hobart Cavanaugh

Book keeper

John Butler

Logan

Mira Mckinney

Mrs. Loomis

Jerry Marlowe

Photographer

Claire Whitney

Matron

Sarah Padden

Lady in post office

Harold Minjir

Jewelry salesman

Frances Morris

Woman prisoner

Mary Foy

Matron

Edmund Macdonald

Policeman

Emory Parnell

Policeman

Ben Taggart

Policeman

Dick Wessel

Policeman

Constantine Romanoff

Wrestler

Lee Murray

Jockey

Al Hill

Guard

Henry Roquemore

Manager

Mike Lally

Croupier

Arthur Q. Bryan

Manager

Dick Elliott

Small town doctor

Harry Tyler

Kibitzer

Charles Irwin

Theater manager

Emmett Vogan

Theater manager

Virginia Brissac

Nurse

Mary Maclaren

Nurse

Eddie Dunn

Superintendent

John Berkes

Tramp

William Ruhl

Detective

Bud Mc Taggart

Reporter

Drew Demorest

Reporter

Jack Gardner

Reporter

James Farley

Doorman

Harry C. Bradley

Sexton

Betty Roadman

Matron

Billy Wayne

Mild cab driver

Landers Stevens

Businessman

Ralph Dunn

Bartender

Ernie Adams

Mouch

Joey Ray

Clerk

Larry Mcgrath

Gas station attendant

Lloyd Ingraham

Sympathetic man

Billy Engle

Book keeper

Russ Powell

Watchman

Harold Hoff

Attendant in garage

Charles Sullivan

Gas station helper

Lee Ford

Usher

Art Yeoman

Telegraph operator

Ed Peil Sr.

Doorman

Sammy Finn

Cab driver

Ray Bailey

Cab driver

Hal K. Dawson

Jimmy O'gatty

J. Anthony Hughes

Margaret Mcwade

Mack Gray

Harry B. Stafford

Dot Farley

Ed Fliegel

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 21, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, this picture was based on the exploits of mail bandit Roy Gardner. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter note that Universal negotiated with Edward G. Robinson to play the lead in this picture. When negotiations with Robinson failed, George Raft was borrowed from Warners and the script rewritten for him. Frances Dee and Joan Blondell were considered for the female leads in this picture. Universal also considered borrowing Dennis O'Keefe from M-G-M to appear in this picture. This film marked stage actor Tom Fadden's screen debut.