Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

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Cecil Parker ...
Claude (a.k.a. 'Major Courtney')
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Louis (a.k.a. 'Mr. Harvey')
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Danny Green ...
Jack Warner ...
The Superintendent
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Philip Stainton ...
The Sergeant
Frankie Howerd ...
The Barrow Boy
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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 Rob Hartill

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Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!! See more »

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24 February 1956 (Belgium)  »

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Trivia

According to both Alexander Mackendrick and Alec Guinness, Mrs. Wilberforce's birds in the film were voiced by Peter Sellers. See more »

Goofs

The gramophone record Louis (Mr Harvey) breaks is Hoffstetter's String Quartet in F Major, Op.3 No.5 'Andante Cantabile', which is not heard again in the film. It is not Luigi Boccherini's String Quintet in E, Op.13 No.5. See more »

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Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce: [bangs a waterpipe with a mallet]
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »

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Soundtracks

Minuet in E major
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Written by Luigi Boccherini, arranged for string ensemble
[playing on the phonograph whenever the robbers are pretending to be practicing]
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An all time classic that did NOT need a remake!
29 July 2004 | by (Southern England) – See all my reviews

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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