Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 9, 1959

Never Steal Anything Small (Universal-International) was first conceived by Playwright Maxwell Anderson and Director Rouben Mamoulian, back in 1953, as a Broadway musical drama—a sort of Guys and Dolls with a social message. The message: If Robin were alive today, he would be a labor leader, and even if he gave to the poor what he stole from the rich, he would still be damned for a Hood. What with the conservative temper of the times, and a series of union scandals, the authors could never quite raise the money fof a Broadway production—a difficulty that is not hard to understand....

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