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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 overview, first billed only:
Billy Gordon
George Cole ...
Brenda de Banzie ...
Sidney James ...
Joe Melia ...
Vera Day ...
Delphi Lawrence ...
Sydney Tafler ...
Rosalie Ashley ...
Nicholas Parsons ...
Vilma Ann Leslie ...
Girl Journalist
Edie Martin ...
Gordon's Mother
Tutte Lemkow ...
Swarthy Man


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 <>

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8 March 1959 (UK)  »

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Too Many Crooks  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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The last feature film of Gibb McLaughlin. See more »


Billy Gordon: Guten tag.
Swarthy Man: Bonjour.
Billy Gordon: Oh! You're French.
Swarthy Man: No! I am Finnish.
Billy Gordon: Oh, why do you speak French?
Swarthy Man: Finnish is too difficult.
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Inside the Lair of the Bungling Thieves
18 June 2007 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big Terry-Thomas fan -- too much overacting too often -- but in this little gem his comic intuition is well-tuned to the business at hand, and it produces some very fine moments indeed. Still, I'm rather more enchanted with the group dynamics of this hapless gang of thieves, and I think the script-writer's best lines are given to them. Of particular value are the always can't-wait-for-it lines of the ex-wrestler, who seems at every turn to plumb incisively the depths of human ignorance and stupidity. Kudos too to the character of the wife and the sudden transformation that, let's face it, saved the film from veering perhaps into the Awful Ditch of Ennui. And let's do try to remember that just because there is a genre pigeon-hole into which this movie may be placed, it doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed for the great fun that it is.

More mention should also be made of the musical score by Stanley Black. Mr. Black led his own orchestra in many a recording of what we'd now call elevator music, but he also has a thrilling recording of the lighter music of Aram Khatchaturian, and I seem to remember others in the classical vein. Here, he shows a deft gift for composing film music. The galop running behind the opening credits has a tightness that many an overture writer could do worse than emulate.

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