The Steel Trap

1 h 25 min195213+
In this suspense drama, a bank employee steals cash from the bank on Friday and, at the bidding of his wife, must return the money before it is discovered missing on Monday morning.
Andrew Stone (I)
Joseph CottenTeresa WrightJonathan Hale
English [CC]
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Walter SandeEddie MarrKatherine WarrenTom Powers
Bert E. Friedlob
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4.3 out of 5 stars

73 global ratings

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Johnny D.Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
No closed captioning, otherwise great.
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The DVD and the film content are great. Disappointing that there is no closed caption available on the DVD.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Steel Trap Will Captivate The Film Noir Lover!
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This is a film I had desperately sought to own since last viewing it for the third time on broadcast television in 1975... and prior to that, had seen it twice in separate theaters. The movie stars Joseph Cotten as a bored banker with a quick get-rich scheme. Teresa Wright also co-stars as his unsuspecting wife in a tense-filled drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Joseph Cotten, who also narrates, calculates his plan so convincingly has always been a favorite of mine in these types of roles. Remember him in: "Shadow Of A Doubt", "Walk Softly, Stranger", "The Money Trap", etc.? His feeling of abandonment in the French Quarters of New Orleans accompanied by the melancholy voice of the late singer, Helen Humes is an emotional heart-grabber. Longtime favorite, Dimitri Tiomkin's pulsating soundtrack also adds to the film's greatness. If you are a fan of the classic black and white film noir thriller, The Steel Trap belongs in your collection. 5 Stars all the way!
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FredReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch for Ed Nelson ("Peyton Place") as an Extra! :-)
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Excellent movie! The fast pace doesn't let up for a second! Watch for Ed Nelson ("Peyton Place", "The Silent Force") in his first-ever onscreen appearance as an uncredited Extra. He appears at approximately the 51:00 mark standing in line at the airport behind Joseph Cotten.
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Jared shoegazeReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
fun film, if you love film noirs and old movies, you will love this!
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people try to poo poo the plot, saying there are certain points that shoul be different. movies will always have issues with the plot. that said, this movie is great and you get wrapped up in it from the get go. the idea of the everyman wanting a better life at the expense of the powers that be is a timeless idea. the ending is great, and it has some great dialogue and seeing him get all nervous is fun. old time new orleans is priceless and worth the movie alone. the wife is really sexy too, so that would be 2 great reasons
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Creative TravelerReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
I love Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright and they both did ...
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I love Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright and they both did a fabulous acting job in this movie. My husband, son and I who like to study film noir and its type weren't big fans of this one though. Cotten narrates the entire movie almost from a "conscience" speaking point of view. The music was terrific to move the plot along but Cotten himself kind of made you a nervous wreck by the end because his character was acting half crazy/anger management type off and on. It just wasn't believable or really that enjoyable. Disappointed also that we couldn't rent it and I had to buy it. So guess I own it now! Watch him in A Blueprint for Murder instead if you want a good suspense.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The thrill and nailbiting experience devoid of any CGIs is ...
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The thrill and nailbiting experience devoid of any CGIs is the sole property of vintage movies. The Steel Trap in classic black and white keeps you guessing and you along the main characters are holding your breath as the plot thickens. As a Joseph Cotton fan, I was vicariously involved with the main character's dilemma and his execution of his strangely benign plan which simmers, then boils and threatens to spill over. Money and an evening very excitingly spent!
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Billy EitelReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Old Black & White Flicks
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Very good movie - Teresa Wright & Joseph Cotton together again. I also recommend "Shadow Of A Doubt" - a bit older movie, but an EXCELLENT movie!
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SydneyReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best of this version with the drawing on the cover ...
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A real thriller! Best of this version with the drawing on the cover is a VERY clear print. Played on our UHD TV is almost Blue-Ray quality.
Movie review: Cotton works for a bank and gets the idea that he could successfully rob it. That is spoilers from me.

Cotton is as usual great. Teresa Wright with blond hair really looks different from other films. She turns in a fine performance.
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