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Too Many Crooks (1959)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  8 March 1959 (UK)
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Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Gordon
George Cole ...
Fingers
Brenda de Banzie ...
Lucy
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Snowdrop
Sidney James ...
Sid
Joe Melia ...
Whisper
Vera Day ...
Charmaine
Delphi Lawrence ...
Secretary
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Magistrate
Sydney Tafler ...
Solicitor
Rosalie Ashley ...
Angela
Nicholas Parsons ...
Tommy
Vilma Ann Leslie ...
Girl Journalist
Edie Martin ...
Gordon's Mother
Tutte Lemkow ...
Swarthy Man
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Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the boys off. So they decide to kidnap his daughter, only to end up with his wife Lucy. Gordon makes out he couldn't be more pleased, spuring Lucy to take charge of the hopeless bunch of villains. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Robbery With Laughter! Crime Was Simple To Them - They Were All Simple Minded!

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Gangsterkvartetten  »

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The last feature film of Gibb McLaughlin. See more »

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Sid: [Billy Gordon has refused to ransom his wife] What are we supposed to do now? Keep her as a pet?
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A great B-Movie which contains some extremely good acting and a classy script.
26 October 2003 | by (Herts, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I definitely do not agree that this film is a bit of a let down (as another commenter suggested).

Although this is considered to be a "B-movie", it possibly contains Bernard Bresslaw's finest ever performance. He is absolutely brilliant as Snowdrop. Another class act is John Le Mesurier as the judge when Billy Gordon (Terry-Thomas) goes to court. On top of that you've got Sid James being one of his best known characters (i.e. the down at heel crook he played in Hancock's Half Hour on radio and TV and in the film Father Brown), George Cole as an early Arthur Daley, but a bit more on the wrong side of the law than Arfur ever was, and a supporting cast containing the likes of Nicholas Parsons (a great B-movie actor, unfortunately now better known as a game show host), Brenda de Banzie,Vera Day and Joe Melia. The plot was later used to provide the basis for the American film Ruthless People. As usual, a British B-movie shows incredible attention to detail (the "Keep Death Off The Road" gag and the van they finally arrive at St Albans with Gordon's kidnapped wife spring to mind). The scene where Gordon's wife returns is worth watching the rest of the film for, even if you aren't too keen on it (although I personally think this is one of the best films ever made, so I know I'm biased!).


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