The Steel Trap

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime

In this suspenseful comedy, Cotten plays an assistant manager for a Los Angeles bank who realizes how easy it would be to remove $l million from the bank's safe. One Friday afternoon he gives in to temptation and puts the cash in his briefcase. Though nearly caught in the vault, Cotten manages to get home safely, then tells his wife (Wright) the family...read more

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In this suspenseful comedy, Cotten plays an assistant manager for a Los Angeles bank who realizes how easy it would be to remove $l million from the bank's safe. One Friday afternoon he gives in to temptation and puts the cash in his briefcase. Though nearly caught in the vault, Cotten

manages to get home safely, then tells his wife (Wright) the family is going to take a trip. The couple and their child head down to New Orleans, where they intend to catch a flight to Brazil. Cotten wants to go there because Brazil has no extradition laws, but a variety of problems cause the

family to miss their plane. Cotten finally reveals the source of the money to Wright, who wants nothing to do with his plan. She returns to California with their child, leaving Cotten to think about his actions. He then realizes how wrong the theft is and returns the money to the bank on Monday

morning. Cotten handles his part well in an amusing performance, with Wright providing some good support. Stone's direction gives this film equal amounts of humor and suspense, aligning audience sympathies with Cotten, while having some fun at his expense. An entertaining feature, though not a

memorable one.

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