The Safecracker

The Safecracker is a 1958 British crime film directed by Ray Milland and starring Ray Milland, Barry Jones and Victor Maddern.[2][3][4]

The Safecracker
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Directed byRay Milland
Produced byDavid E. Rose
John R. Sloan
Written byRhys Davies
Bruce Thomas
Paul Monash
StarringRay Milland
Barry Jones
Jeanette Sterke
Victor Maddern
Music byRichard Rodney Bennett
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byErnest Walter
Coronado Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$855,000[1]


Colley Dawson lives a quiet life at home with his mother, but his real life is lived as an expert safecracker at weekends, breaking into wealthy homes and stealing valuable art. When he's eventually arrested and convicted, Colley is approached in prison by Army Major Adbury. He's offered a deal by the Major in exchange for helping with the war effort. Colley will be given his freedom if he uses his safecracking expertise to perform a mission behind enemy lines. The dangerous mission is to break into a difficult safe in a Nazi chateau and steal a list of German spies operating in England. Colley agrees and soon finds himself being trained up as a commando and parachuted into Belgium for the caper of his life.



The film was originally known as The Tale of Willie Gordon. Milland left for England in June 1957.[5]

In December 1957 Rose announced he and Milland would make a second film together but none eventuated.[6]



In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called it " a good, not great, suspense thriller," adding, "The film is full of those tense situations in which the hero slips into a room and opens a safe in terrifying silence. Mr. Milland is good in it. So is Barry Jones."[7]

Box officeEdit

According to MGM records the film earned $280,000 in the US and Canada and $675,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $59,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ mamalv (1 October 1958). "The Safecracker (1958)". IMDb.
  3. ^ "The Safecracker (1957)". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ SAFECRACKER, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 25, Iss. 288, (Jan 1, 1958): 48.
  5. ^ 'Wine of Youth' Follows 'Written on Wind;' New Zanuck Films Readied Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 19 June 1957: 23.
  6. ^ Pioneer Idea Luring Lana: Clown Kelly in 'Everglades;' Keel Will Star With Martin Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 14 Dec 1957: B3.
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