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Larceny, Inc.

Released 1942
Distributor Warner Bros.

As menacing as “The Great” Edward G. Robinson could be, he starred in more than a few comedies disguised as gangster pictures. Lloyd Bacon’s 1942 film is one of them—a Runyonesque satire brimming with holiday cheer; as the racketeer who wants to go straight, Robinson gets to dress up as Santa Claus. With a fairly remarkable supporting cast including Jane Wyman, Anthony Quinn, Broderick Crawford, and Jackie Gleason (!).

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About John Sayles

John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.