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Larceny, Inc. – 1942 Bacon
- Loved so much by Woody Allen that he basically remade it as Small Time Crooks– this here is superior
- There’s not much here visually from Bacon but Edward G. Robinson is a great commander at the helm of both this criminal crew and the driver of the film.
- It’s a unique take on the comedy of errors subgenre—everything planned to go wrong goes right for their front
- The supporting cast is equal to Edward G—Broderick Crawford is perfect as the loyal big slow stooge and Jack Carson is great as the fast-talking salesman
- Robinson plays on his persona as a gangster- Rico from Little Caesar– he’s got the “gift of bag”—the “damn banks wouldn’t give me a loan” stuff would work better in 1932 than 1943
- It’s a sharp film—well-written
- As much as I like Anthony Quinn the film suffers when the plot takes hold at the end with him a serious threat
- Recommend but not in top 10 of 1942
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