The Burglar (1957)

Director
Paul Wendkos

Main cast
Dan Duryea; Jayne Mansfield; Martha Vickers; Peter Capell; Mickey Shaughnessy

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
Burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah, who has inherited a fortune -- including a renowned emerald necklace -- from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat's female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up a perfect break-in. Things get complicated afterwards.


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