Cinema: Neat Flick

THE SILENT PARTNER Directed by Daryl Duke Screenplay by Curtis Hanson

It is Christmas time, and the bank clerk, a lonely, smart, mild-mannered fantasist, is suspicious of the Santa Claus working the shopping-center plaza just outside his glass doors. It looks to him as if old Santy is about to pull a heist and that the clerk's till is his likely target. He confides his suspicion to no one, and when the stickup finally occurs, the teller simply diverts some of the loot from the robber's outstretched hand and into his own briefcase. By permitting the authorities to think the...

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