Never Steal Anything Small

Never Steal Anything Small is a 1959 musical comedy film, directed by Charles Lederer. The main cast consisted of James Cagney, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith, Cara Williams, Nehemiah Persoff, Royal Dano, and Horace McMahon. The film was based on The Devil's Hornpipe by Maxwell Anderson and released by Universal-International.


Filmed in color, this musical was directed by Charles Lederer. It is about racketeers infiltrating the labor movement. Cagney, as a dishonest but charming union boss, gets to sing and dance a little. This was Cagney's final musical film. Jones, who plays a happily married woman whom the labor leader wants to steal away, does a lively musical number, spoofing television commercials. One of the highlights is a duet by Cagney and Williams on "I'm Sorry, I Want A Ferrari". The film has a running time of 94 minutes and has been released on home video, as well as featured on American Movie Classics.



  • American Movie Classics
  • Video Movie Guide, edited by Mick Martin and Marsha Porter (New York: Ballantine Books, 1996)

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