EDWARD G ROBINSON as Theo Wilkins
ROD STEIGER as Paul Mason
ELI WALLACH as Pancho
ALEXANDER SCOURBY as Raymond Lemay
MICHAEL DANTE as Louis
BERRY KROEGER as Hugo Baumer
SEBASTIAN CABOT as Casino Director
MARCEL HILLAIRE as Duc Di Salins
JOHN BERARDINO as Chief of Detectives
ALPHONSE MARTELL as Governor
JONATHAN KIDD as Seymour
Assistant Director - Ad Schaumer
Art Director - Lyle R Wheeler & John De Cuir
Director of Photography - Sam Leavitt A.S.C
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Screenplay by Sidney Boehm
Based on a Novel by Max Catto
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
|TIME FOR A TOAST!|
Produced by Sydney Boehm
Directed by Henry Hathaway
It was known as the robbery that rocked Monte Carlo! When Paul Mason is summoned to the French Riviera by an old friend, he soon learns he is asked to lead in the robbery of the Monte Carlo casino! Reluctant at first, he soon meets his accomplices and with the help of a glamorous stripper, Melanie, the scene is set for a daring heist! Where every move is a gamble, where the stakes are high for the Seven Thieves!
(c) 1960 20TH CENTURY FOX 102 MINS B/W REG 1 DVD / FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT .
|THE STAKES ARE HIGH|
|PAUL MEETS MELANIE & PANCHO|
|JOAN FITTED BY BILL THOMAS FOR THAT DRESS!|
|JOAN ADDS A TOUCH OF CANDY!|
The producer Sydney Boehm wanted realism in the film and actually employed real Beatnik's from Venice for the extras in the cellar cafe scenes.The stage that Joan preforms her sexy routines was previously used in the 1959 version of "The Blue Angel", which starred May Britt. After shooting the film, Joan commented to the New York Post...
|JOAN IN BLACK ICE!|
Joan's only positive things to say about the film were that she was glad of the oppurtunity to work with Edward G Robinson and she was the only female in the film, unlike previous films like "The Bravados", she was essential to the plot. After "Seven Thieves", Fox offered her the role of Clara in a production of D.H. Lawrence's novel "Sons and Lovers". But Joan decided not to do the film, even though she had gone through with the makeup and wardrobe tests for the film. It was set to be shot in England and it would have allowed her time she could have spent with her family. But it seemed Joan had let her heart rule her head and take advice from her new love Warren Beatty, who persuaded her not to do it. They were so smitten with one another, they could barely be apart! But Joan would soon come to regret turning down the film, as not only was it a big hit, but it was nominated for a clutch of Oscars, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the role she turned down! Joan was then offered another western called "Big River, Big Man", but Fox decided to cancel the film. Then it was another film she hated the script for called "Madison Avenue". She refused to do it and was glad as it was awful, that ended up starring Dana Andrews and Eleanor Parker. Viewed today "Seven Thieves" is ood old fashioned movie making, wih a great cast and certainly one of the better crime capers of the era!
(c) 2010 Mark McMorrow.