How to Steal a Million (1966)

127 mins | Comedy | 13 July 1966

Director:

William Wyler

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz

Producer:

Fred Kohlmar

Cinematographer:

Charles Lang Jr.

Editor:

Robert Swink

Production Designer:

Alexandre Trauner

Production Company:

World Wide Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed in Paris. The working title of this film is How To Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After ... More Less

Filmed in Paris. The working title of this film is How To Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Mar 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
25 Jun 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Aug 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
20 Aug 1965
p. 8.
Daily Variety
30 Dec 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Jun 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Jun 1966
p. 8.
Daily Variety
30 Jun 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
8 Jul 1966
p. 10.
Daily Variety
18 Jul 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 Jul 1966
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
20 Feb 1964
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
8 Sep 1965
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
20 Sep 1965
Section C, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
5 Oct 1965
Section D, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
7 Mar 1966
Section C, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jul 1966
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
29 Mar 1965
p. 44.
New York Times
27 Jun 1965
Section X, p. 9.
New York Times
8 Sep 1965
p. 54.
New York Times
12 Jan 1966
p. 27.
New York Times
9 Jun 1966
p. 50.
New York Times
14 Jul 1966
p. 26.
New York Times
15 Jul 1966
p. 28.
New York Times
19 Jul 1966
p. 34.
New York Times
21 Jul 1966
p. 56.
Variety
16 Jun 1965
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A William Wyler Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Miss Hepburn's clothes
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Dial coach
Prod asst
Prod asst
Hairdresser
Main title des
Main title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Venus Rising" by George Bradshaw in Practise to Deceive (London, 1962).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Venus Rising
How to Steal a Million and Live Happily Ever After
Release Date:
13 July 1966
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 13 July 1966
New York opening: 14 July 1966
Production Date:
23 August--December 1965
Copyright Claimant:
World Wide Productions
Copyright Date:
3 August 1966
Copyright Number:
LP32998
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
127
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Charles Bonnet is an incorrigible third generation art forger in Paris who dupes connoisseurs into labeling his works authentic and then sells them at elevated prices. So great is his enthusiasm for his profession that he permits his grandfather's "Cellini Venus" to be exhibited at a Paris museum. His daughter, Nicole, knows that the hoax will be discovered when government officials appraise the statue, and to protect her father, she blackmails "society" burglar Simon Dermott into helping her steal the tiny statue from the museum. Actually, Simon is a detective who specializes in tracing stolen art objects, but, taken by Nicole's charms, he agrees to assist in the burglary. Using only a magnet, a boomerang, and their wits, Nicole and Simon remove the sculpture from its laser-protected pedestal. Simon then offers the Venus to Nicole's fiancé, American millionaire David Leland, who is so fanatic about art treasures that, in return for the statue, he agrees to give up Nicole. Futhermore, he promises Simon never to allow another person to see it. The affair settled, Simon whisks Nicole off for a honeymoon while Bonnet gleefully plans his next ... +


Charles Bonnet is an incorrigible third generation art forger in Paris who dupes connoisseurs into labeling his works authentic and then sells them at elevated prices. So great is his enthusiasm for his profession that he permits his grandfather's "Cellini Venus" to be exhibited at a Paris museum. His daughter, Nicole, knows that the hoax will be discovered when government officials appraise the statue, and to protect her father, she blackmails "society" burglar Simon Dermott into helping her steal the tiny statue from the museum. Actually, Simon is a detective who specializes in tracing stolen art objects, but, taken by Nicole's charms, he agrees to assist in the burglary. Using only a magnet, a boomerang, and their wits, Nicole and Simon remove the sculpture from its laser-protected pedestal. Simon then offers the Venus to Nicole's fiancé, American millionaire David Leland, who is so fanatic about art treasures that, in return for the statue, he agrees to give up Nicole. Futhermore, he promises Simon never to allow another person to see it. The affair settled, Simon whisks Nicole off for a honeymoon while Bonnet gleefully plans his next masterpiece. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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