The Happy Thieves (1962)

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The Happy Thieves (1962)

Madrid is the backdrop for this art world story of chortling crooks starring Rita Hayworth and Rex Harrison, which The New York Times described as a “limp herring”; although in all fairness a stiff herring would be even less appetising!
Rex Harrison and his wife Rita Hayworth are blackmailed into stealing a famous Goya painting called the 2nd of May, depicting the slaughter of Spanish patriots by French invaders, (or the disciplining of rioting terrorists by the friendly forces of law and order, depending on your point of view,) from the Prado Museum.
To achieve their aims they organise a distraction at the local bullring; as if death and sand weren’t distraction enough!
The film starts with Rex stealing a painting from a castle, where he is an ungrateful guest. The castle is in reality Viñuelas castle near Madrid. They return later to plot with Victor, the unscrupulous owner, among the suits of armour.