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The Happy Thieves

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The Happy Thieves

The Happy Thieves
File:Poster of the movie The Happy Thieves.jpg
Directed by George Marshall
Written by John Gay
Based on The Oldest Confession 
by Richard Condon
Starring Rita Hayworth
Rex Harrison
Joseph Wiseman
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Editing by Oswald Hafenrichter
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) December 20, 1961 (Chicago, Illinois)[1]
January 1962 (Nationwide)
Running time 88 mins.
Country United States
Language English

The Happy Thieves is a 1961 American crime/comedy-drama film starring Rex Harrison and Rita Hayworth and directed by George Marshall. The film is based on the novel The Oldest Confession by Richard Condon.


A painting belonging to Duchess Blanca is stolen from a castle in Spain by the clever Jim Bourne and his partner in crime, Eve Lewis. It is stolen from the thieves, however, by Dr. Munoz, the cousin of the duchess.

Eve wants to go straight, but Munoz blackmails her and Jim, demanding they steal another valuable artwork from the Prado museum. A duplicate is created by Jean Marie Calbert and a switch is planned during the farewell bullfight of a matador whom the duchess intends to wed.

Munoz shoots the matador. During the ensuing chaos, Jim and Eve switch the paintings. They also find Munoz dead, killed in vengeance by the duchess. Jim is brought to justice and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Eve vows to wait for him.


Production notes

The film was produced by Hayworth's production company Hillworth Productions A.G., and distributed by United Artists. The film's executive producer was Hayworth's then-husband James Hill.[1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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