MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 18,008 this week

Too Many Crooks (1959)

 |  Comedy, Crime  |  8 March 1959 (UK)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 554 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 39 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 133 titles
created 27 Jan 2012
 
a list of 20 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 735 titles
created 01 Jul 2012
 
a list of 482 titles
created 16 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Too Many Crooks" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Too Many Crooks (1959)

Too Many Crooks (1959) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Too Many Crooks.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Stanley Windrush has to interrupt his university education when he is called up towards the end of the war. He quickly proves himself not to be officer material. This leads him to meets up ... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Dennis Price, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford
Lucky Jim (1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get ... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting
Stars: John Welsh, Ronald Cardew, Hugh Griffith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Great Britain has had an international agreement for the last 50 years with a small pacific island. It has been ignored until the death of their king brings it to the attention of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi
Hue and Cry (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that go one better. They dress as police and steal from the crooks. This ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

To further the aims of the St Trinian's Marriage Bureau run by Flash Harry, the school contrives to win a competition with a European "Goodwill" trip as prize, to the horror of the Ministry... See full summary »

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

Director: David Paltenghi
Stars: Brian Reece, Margot Grahame, Raymond Huntley
Dry Rot (1956)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A trio of not particularly bright bookmakers tries to fix a horse race.

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Ronald Shiner, Brian Rix, Sidney James
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Billy Gordon
George Cole ...
Fingers
Brenda de Banzie ...
Lucy
...
Snowdrop
Sidney James ...
Sid
Joe Melia ...
Whisper
Vera Day ...
Charmaine
Delphi Lawrence ...
Secretary
...
Magistrate
Sydney Tafler ...
Solicitor
Rosalie Ashley ...
Angela
Nicholas Parsons ...
Tommy
Vilma Ann Leslie ...
Girl Journalist
Edie Martin ...
Gordon's Mother
Tutte Lemkow ...
Swarthy Man
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gangsterkvartetten  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The last feature film of Gibb McLaughlin. See more »

Quotes

Sid: [Billy Gordon has refused to ransom his wife] What are we supposed to do now? Keep her as a pet?
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Many Faces of...: Sid James (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!).


26 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any other English comedies like this one? dim1377
This film was too good to be overlooked! gwen24
Mistake on Cast List on IMDB rogertaylor1947
Not an Ealing film norloll
Discuss Too Many Crooks (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?