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The Boy Who Stole a Million (released July, 1961).

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  • The Boy Who Stole a Million (released July, 1961).


    “THE BOY WHO STOLE A MILLION” (u) directed by Charles Crichton. A British Lion—Bryanston presentation released through BLC. Filmed on sun drenched location in Valencia, Spain and at Pinewood Studios in 1958 (some sources say early 1960). Standard black and white.

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    When 12 years Paco (Maurice Reyna, above) learns that his father needs to find 10,000 pesetas to finance repairs to his taxi, or face losing his business and livelihood, the naïve, if well intentioned, young boy decides to "borrow" a million pesetas from the bank where he has a small part-time job as a messenger boy after school. He soon gets more than he bargained for when he starts being pursued not only by the police but seemingly by all the criminal low-life of the city, all eager to get their hands on the cash. Accompanied by his faithful canine companion, a Skye Terrier named Pepe, Paco finds himself on the run all through Valencia, from the most elegant quarters with their wide streets and squares in the midst of fiesta time, to the city's most squalid and dangerous slums.

    An absolutely wonderful and thoroughly entertaining little film directed by Charles Crichton (who also directed “Hunted”) but for some reason not released in Great Britain until July, 1961. It was not given a circuit release at the time and appears to have been poorly distributed and made available only to the independent cinemas. The cast is full of British character actors playing Spaniards generally with half-hearted attempts at a Spanish accent, including Cyril Shaps; George Coulouris; Edwin Richfield; Warren Mitchell; Harold Kasket and Paul Whitsun Jones. Thankfully, it was released on a Region 2 DVD in Great Britain by Odeon Entertainment in 2010 and is well worth getting, as it is a very good transfer, if a little too light in some of the exterior scenes. Maurice Reyna is excellent in it (and so is the dog). Highly Recommended.


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    Paco (Maurice Reyna) helps himself to money from the temporarily left unattended bank vault in THE BOY WHO STOLE A MILLION.

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