The Safecracker (1958)

Genres - Adventure, War, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, War Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Ray Milland doubles up as star and director of The Safecracker. Set during WW II, the film casts Milland as professional cracksman Colley Dawson, who is rescued from prison by Army major Adbury (Ernest Clark). Dawson is offered a deal: if he'll agree to embark upon a dangerous mission behind enemy lines, he'll be given his freedom. The mission, of course, is to break into a Nazi safe and steal a list of German spies operating in England. Before one can say "Robert Wagner", Dawson is trained as a commando and parachuted into Belgium for the "caper" of his life. Supposedly based on a true story, The Safecracker was lensed in Europe and released stateside by MGM.

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war, antiques, behind-enemy-lines, Britain, business, espionage, expert, freedom, Germany, going-straight, intelligence [gov't], military, mission [quest], parachute, prison, robbery, safecracker, secret-plan, secrets, talent