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The Big Money (1958)

Petty thief Willie Frith steals a suitcase full of bank notes, only to find out that they have been given all the same serial number. But this is only the start of his troubles, now he has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Willie Frith
Belinda Lee ...
Gloria
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mrs. Frith
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The Reverend
James Hayter ...
Mr. Frith
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The Colonel
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Bobbie
Michael Brennan ...
Bluey
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Doreen Firth
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Receptionist
Harold Berens ...
Bookmaker
Hugh Morton ...
Valet
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Furrier
Digby Wolfe ...
Harry Mason
Michael Balfour ...
'Wilberforce'
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Petty thief Willie Frith steals a suitcase full of bank notes, only to find out that they have been given all the same serial number. But this is only the start of his troubles, now he has to find a way of changing the notes, so he can impress the barmaid of his local pub. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Loura e o Ladrão  »

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£175,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in 1956, but not released in UK until 1958 and USA until 1962. See more »

Soundtracks

Three Little Maids from School
(uncredited)
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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Miscast Actors unable to salvage witless farce
13 April 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

In the 1950s Rank,along with other film producers,were trying to find ways to attract audiences back to the cinema.Having fallen out with Fox over Cinemascope,Rank turned to the short lived Vistavision,to add to Technicolour to attract customers.The fact that this could not disguise the poverty of the script didn't escape them and the film was shelved for 2 years.The best scenes are those at the beginning featuring Carmichael,Harrison and Hayter.After that the film is on a downward spiral.Nearly every actor with a major part is miscast.Carmichael is clearly unsuited to the part.For some reason his hair is made up with a teddyboys quiff.The part would more suit someone like Brian Rix.Diana Dors would certainly have made more of the part than Belinda Lee.Alas Robert Helpmann is just awful as the chief of the gang and would have been better played by Sid James.The climax in the hotel is about as unfunny as you can get.No wonder Carmichael didn't want to discuss it.At a time when he was a rising star of cinema this film could have put him back years.


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