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Once a Thief is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by W. Lee Wilder starring Cesar Romero, June Havoc, Marie McDonald and Lon Chaney Jr..[1]

Once a Thief
Once a Thief 1950.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byW. Lee Wilder
Produced byW. Lee Wilder
William Stephens
Screenplay byRichard S. Conway
Story byMax Colpet and Hans Wilhelm
StarringCesar Romero
June Havoc
Marie McDonald
Lon Chaney Jr.
Music byMichel Michelet
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byAsa Boyd Clark
W. Lee Wilder Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 7, 1950 (1950-07-07)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Margie Moore (Havoc), a down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turns in desperation to jewel robbery. She barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress. Her troubles start again, however, when she falls madly in love with smooth-talking Mitch Foster (Romero). Mitch reveals his true colors by stealing every penny she has, then turning her in to the authorities.

In prison with her partner-in-crime Pearl, she is visited by Mitch and waitress friend Flo (McDonald), and the attempts by Mitch to con her out of money continue. Margie overpowers a doctor and slips away from prison disguised as one. Law enforcement authorities look for her at Mitch's and discover his illegal activities there. Mitch tries to get away, but Margie lures him to a deserted spot, then shoots him.


  • Cesar Romero as Mitch Moore
  • June Havoc as Margie Foster
  • Marie McDonald as Flo
  • Lon Chaney Jr. as Gus
  • Iris Adrian as Pearl
  • Jack Daly as Eddie
  • Marta Mitrovich as Nickie
  • Ann Tyrrell as Dr. Borden
  • Michael Mark as Milton
  • Kathleen Freeman as Phoebe
  • Dana Broccoli as Jane (as Dana Wilson)
  • Bill Baldwin as Bondsman
  • Frances Blumfeld as Lt. Francis Blumfeld (as Lieutenant Frances Blumfeld)
  • Gwendolph Dusuau as Deputy Gwendolph Dusuau (as Deputy Gwendolph Dusuau)
  • John P. Battema as Chaplain John P. Battema (as Chaplain John P. Battema)
  • Dorris Mack as Deputy Dorris Mack (as Deputy Dorris Mack)
  • Irma Kunow as Deputy Irma Kunow (as Deputy Irma Kunow)
  • Lloyd C. Smith as Officer Lloyd C. Smith (as Officer Lloyd C. Smith)
  • Ruth Moore as Police Sergeant Ruth Moore (as Sergeant Ruth Moore)
  • Leauta Larsen as Deputy Leauta Larsen (as Deputy Leauta Larsen)


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