I Was a Shoplifter

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I Was a Shoplifter
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Directed by Charles Lamont
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Screenplay by Irwin Gielgud
Story by Irwin Gielgud
Starring Scott Brady
Mona Freeman
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1950 (1950-04-27) (New York City)
  • May 13, 1950 (1950-05-13) (United States)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I Was a Shoplifter is a 1950 film noir crime film directed by Charles Lamont starring Scott Brady and Mona Freeman.[1]


A shoplifter, Faye Burton, is being watched by Herb Klaxon, a security guard at a Los Angeles department store, and by Jeff Andrews, a shopper there. Jeff tries to warn her, but Faye is nevertheless caught and placed under arrest. Faye signs a confession and is set free, warned that if she tries this again, she will go to jail.

Faye returns to her job as a librarian. But a gang of thieves run by Ina Perdue, a pawnbroker, recruits Faye by claiming they can get her confession back, thereby clearing her record. Faye is shown by Ina and her henchman Pepe how to steal like a professional thief and is then given a San Diego robbery assignment as a test. She is followed by Jeff, who is actually an undercover law officer, working to bust the shoplifting ring.

Pepe attempts to sexually assault Faye, who becomes so despondent, she tries to commit suicide. Jeff rescues her and reveals his true identity. They arrange to work together, but Jeff's cover is blown and Faye is kidnapped. Ina and Pepe take her to Mexico to continue their crime spree, but Jeff and his men arrive in time to apprehend the crooks. Jeff also realizes he has fallen in love with Faye.


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