The Burglar

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For the 1972 Dutch film, see The Burglar (1972 film).
For films with similar names, see Burglar (disambiguation).
The Burglar
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Louis W. Kellman
Screenplay by David Goodis
Based on the novel The Buglar 
by David Goodis
Starring Dan Duryea
Jayne Mansfield
Martha Vickers
Music by Sol Kaplan
Cinematography Don Malkames
Edited by Paul Wendkos
Herta Horn
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 1957 (1957-06)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90,000 (estimated)

The Burglar is a 1957 crime thriller film noir released by Columbia Pictures, based on the 1953 novel of the same name by David Goodis (who also wrote the script). The picture stars Dan Duryea in the titular role and Jayne Mansfield.

Plot[edit]

Professional burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates, Baylock (Peter Capell) and Dohmer (Mickey Shaughnessy), set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah (Phoebe Mackay), who has inherited a fortune — including a renowned emerald necklace — from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat's female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up what looks like a perfect break-in; even when Nat's car is spotted by a couple of cops, he bluffs his way through, gets the necklace, and makes the getaway. But the trio—plus Gladden—can't agree on how to dispose of the necklace, and soon their bickering becomes a lot less important than the fact that someone is on to what they've done—a woman (Martha Vickers) is working on Nat, while a man (Stewart Bradley) is working on Gladden. Equally serious, the trio kills a New Jersey state trooper while on their way to warn her. And among the cops chasing them is one with larceny in his heart and murder on his mind.

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Background[edit]

This film was remade in 1971 as The Burglars, directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Omar Sharif, Jean Paul Belmondo and Dyan Cannon.

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