With a screenplay written by James Buchanan and Ronald Austin, the 1973 comedy-drama Harry in Your Pocket was the feature film directorial debut of one Bruce Geller, best known for creating, directing, writing and producing the 1966 television series Mission: Impossible. Starring the likes of James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Walter Pidgeon and Trish Van Devere, Harry in Your Pocket follows amateur criminal Ray Houlihan and his girl Sandy Coletto as they get introduced to the world of professional pickpockets led by Harry and Casey who take their vocation very seriously. Casey, who becomes Ray’s sensei, laments a time when pickpockets had both patience and a dedication to what he perceives to be a noble art, which is why he ultimately agrees to pass down his knowledge to a new generation of aspiring muggers.

Geller’s film is an intriguing, terrifically made and dialogue-driven character study that never drops the ball, teaching both us and its two rookies about the ins and outs of this non-violent crime business. With a wonderful score by Lalo Schifrin, tight editing by Arthur Hilton, Fred J. Koenekamp’s top-notch cinematography and note-worthy performances of the entire cast, Harry in Your Pocket is a movie that should not be missed.