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Thieves Fall Out (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1941 (USA)
Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screen play), Ben Markson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Eddie Barnes
Joan Leslie ... Mary Matthews
Jane Darwell ... Grandma Allen
Alan Hale ... Rodney Barnes
William T. Orr ... George Formsby
John Litel ... Tim Gordon
Anthony Quinn ... Chic Collins
Edward Brophy ... Rork
Minna Gombell ... Ella Barnes
Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser ... Charles Matthews
Nana Bryant ... Martha Matthews
Edward Gargan ... Kane
Hobart Cavanaugh ... David Tipton
Frank Faylen ... Pick
William B. Davidson ... Harry Eckles (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die before the broker can collect the full value of the policy and the broker's gangster partner doesn't want to wait for nature to take its course. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The third of three pairings of Eddie Albert and Joan Leslie made by Warner Brothers released from February to May, 1941. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Barnes: Well it's idle money and that's waste money because money makes money and the money that that money makes makes more money!
Grandma Allen: Hah! Say, that's a dilly. But I heard a better one at the track; a skunk sat on a stump, the skunk thunk the stump stunk and the stump thunk the skunk stunk! How's that?
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Referenced in Smallville: Zero (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Variations in the score when Eddie and Mary marry
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This Has Numerous Plots Going At Once ...
26 June 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

... one of them is interesting. Nor do they all really mesh.

I have noticed that many of the movies falling into the "hicks nix sticks pix" type have rather complicated legal and financial transactions at their center. This one is about a legacy -- and how and why not to sell one.

How many people in 1941 knew what that even meant? Eddie Albert, always a likable performer, is the one who sells one. It's his mother's but there is a clause allowing for him to get money while she's still alive if he marries and ... Oh, forget it. That is another plot. He gets married.

He buys a company. He doesn't tell his father. He doesn't tell his father-in-law.

His grandmother, Jane Darwell, tries to help the young couple out. And she gets into quite a pickle herself.

This is neither fish nor fowl. It isn't especially funny. It isn't really romantic. And it's one of those movies in which gangsters are adorable bumbling and ostensibly cute.

As a post script, the two gangsters in question have a couple sequences that presage the two in "The Big Combo." I'm sure Anthony Quinn, who plays the boss, didn't know this. It may have been subliminal even. But it's there.


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