A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve. Written by
When Alec Guinness was offered the part of Professor Marcus, he wrote to the producers to say "but this is meant for Alastair Sim surely". It is not known whether Sim was considered for the part. See more »
When Mr Robinson approaches the house during the tea party it is dusk, the street lights are on and a car is parked with its lights on. In the next cut the lights are off and the car has disappeared. See more »
[as she is leaving, the superintendent follows her out with her umbrella]
Mrs. Wilberforce, wait! Just a moment!
[Holding out the umbrella]
You forgot it, mum.
Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce:
[Reaches for it, then changes her mind]
Oh. Oh, no I don't think I want it. I never liked it. Now I can buy a dozen new ones.
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During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »
I was fortunate that Channel 4 in the UK showed this original classic film at the same time the new remake was about to hit the cinema screens. Many thanks therefore for providing two hours of classic cinema that showed clearly why Americans should not bother with naff remakes.
A classic ensemble of some of the UK's finest acting talent o the time pull of a heist in the centre of London but when their landlady finds out what they are up to, a bizarre sequence of events leads the gang to turn on each other in a brilliant and amusingly written, directed and produced film.
Whilst railway nostalgists will be wondering at the vintage footage of steam hauled trains coming out of St Pancras station and goods yard, others will be marvelling at the brilliant characterisations and script that makes this a timeless classic from Ealing studios.
And then the Americans decide on an Americanised remake WHY?!? Apparently we are promised [unnecessary] remakes of all of the Ealing comedy classics can't wait for the Titfield Thunderbolt to be remade with a Class 66 and a 4-VEP then!
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