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It's Not Cricket (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | April 1949 (UK)
Kicked out of Army Intelligence, a pair of upper class twits set up as private detectives. The result is refined English chaos.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Shaw ...
Primrose Brown
Maurice Denham ...
Otto Fisch
Leslie Dwyer ...
Nigel Buchanan ...
Gerald Lawson
Alan Wheatley ...
Virginia Briscoe
Valentine Christmas
Brigadier Falcon
Frederick Piper ...
Mary Hinton ...
Lady Lawson
Margaret Withers ...
Mrs. Falcon
Simon Herbage


" This is the regettable story of two Drones who didn't even know their own Zones. It starts in Germany, gets nowhere and stops at nothing." Radford and Wayne, cashiered from the army when they let a captured Nazi escape, become private detectives who later get involved with the same German and a missing diamond ... Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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1.37 : 1
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In order to achieve the British Board of Film Censors "U" classification, cuts were made to the original movie. See more »

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Opening credits: After the War Germany was famous for two things - Zones and Drones.

This is the regrettable story of two Drones who didn't even know their own Zones.

It starts in Germany gets nowhere, and stops at nothing. See more »


References Jassy (1947) See more »

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Flashes of brilliance, and hardly any cricket.
25 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This spoof on the spy and detective genres is patchy but contains some flashes of humorous inspiration which still appeal more than half a century later. I had about half a dozen genuine belly laughs over the absurd antics of Otto the incompetent spy, Bright and Early the incompetent private detectives and a string of pompous, self-important British stereotypes. There's an awful lot of slapstick in between the occasional clever lines and you'll need to be a bit of a Marx Brothers or Buster Keaton fan to appreciate this minor British comedy to the full. But still a little better than much of what passed for comedy around this time.

Oh, and for all you folk in the USA, you'll only need to come to grips with about 60 seconds of actual cricket!

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