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Psychotronic Film Society presents: “Murph The Surf” aka “Live a Little, Steal a Lot”

  • The Sentient Bean 13 East Park Avenue Savannah, GA, 31401 United States (map)

Showtime is 8 p.m., with $8 admission and discounts on beer and wine during the film.

At The Sentient Bean, the Psychotronic Film Society’s ongoing weekly series of underappreciated feature films from around the globe (13 years and counting!) celebrates a criminally unknown gem of a crime movie: the 1975 docudrama “Murph The Surf.” Also known as “Live a Little, Steal a Lot,” it’s the (mostly) true story of a pair of handsome, athletic, surfing playboys who moonlight as jewel thieves preying on wealthy socialites. Together, they were responsible for what is perhaps the single biggest robbery of valuable jewels in history.

Known as the “Jewel Heist of the Century,” they stole the Star of India, Eagle Diamond and de Long Ruby, among other prizes, from the display cases of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Robber Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy is played by the imposing tough-guy actor Don Stroud (“Django Unchained”) and his partner is played by Stroud’s real-life buddy Robert Conrad (TV’s “The Wild Wild West”), two years before the duo would reteam for the infamous, violent, Filipino-made action flick “Sudden Death.” The cast for this refreshingly well-made and suspenseful film includes Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) and Burt Young (the “Rocky” films). It was directed by Marvin Chomsky, who also helmed such unjustly forgotten pictures as “Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff” and “Mongo’s Back in Town.”