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directed by Robert Stevens
USA 1957

 

Adapted, like Stanley Kubrick's more celebrated 1956 crime movie THE KILLING, from a novel by underrated thriller writer Lionel White, THE BIG CAPER is an economical, pacy minor 50s crime movie which, unfortunately, somewhat loses its grip and falls away on the home strait to deliver less than it initially promises. Trapped in an ever-increasing spiral of gambling losses, Frank (Rory Calhoun, taking a welcome break from the saddle) sells his now semi-respectable gangster boss Flood (James Gregory) the idea of bankrolling a 'big caper'. The sleepy Californian coastal town of San Felipe is home to a bank which holds the substantial payroll for a nearby army base, and appears just ripe for the pickings for a team of professional hoods. Flood stakes the plan, and, after buying up the local gas station (an ideal stakeout locale for the bank located across the street), Frank sets up home with Flood's moll Kay (Mary Costa), aiming to win the trust of the local populace based on a seemingly legitimate veneer of domestic normality. Biding their time, Frank and Kay ingratiate themselves with the local 'square' population as they await the arrival of Flood's specialist team. But when this outfit includes an alcoholic pyromaniac, an inveterate womaniser, a psychotically loyal bodyguard and a kingpin who is beginning, rightfully, to suspect that his girl wants out from her previous lifestyle, the seemingly perfect caper begins to look fatally flawed...

Excerpt of review from noir guy at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 28 March 1957 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:24:39
Video

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
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Chapters 9

 

Comments

The Big Caper is an exciting little caper thriller, from the author of Kubrick's The Killing. Rory Calhoun makes a great lead and Mary Costa, a voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty is easy on the eyes in her only dramatic role.
Made-on-demand single-layered disc from MGM features a progressive open-matte transfer. It's unfortunate that the film is not presented in original theatrical aspect ratio and extra head-room is easily seen in most captures. There is very little damage on the print and overall it's very good quality. The audio is decent and there are no extras, not even a trailer, presented on disc.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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