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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  22 August 1960 (Sweden)
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A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced collegues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hyde
Nigel Patrick ...
Race
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Mycroft
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Lexy
Bryan Forbes ...
Porthill
Kieron Moore ...
Stevens
Terence Alexander ...
Rupert
Norman Bird ...
Weaver
Robert Coote ...
Bunny Warren
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Peggy
Nanette Newman ...
Elizabeth
Lydia Sherwood ...
Hilda
Doris Hare ...
Molly Weaver
David Lodge ...
C.S.M.
Patrick Wymark ...
Wylie
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Storyline

Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Crime | Thriller

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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A notable early portrayal of gay characters, although mostly heavily hinted at. The actors at the theatre are extremely camp, and one of the bank robbers appears to have left the army possibly due to his sexuality. See more »

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At the close of Hyde's final briefing, on the night before the bank raid, the camera's shadow falls on Jack Hawkins as it dollies toward him. See more »

Quotes

Mycroft: [playing a Brigadier inspecting the training camp in response to some private who has 'complained to his MP' regarding the food]
[enters Mess Hall]
Mycroft: Carry on eating. Any complaints here?
Captain Saunders: Come along now. Answer the Brigadier.
Other Private in Mess: No, Sir.
Mycroft: You're, um, quite satisfied with the food. You can speak quite freely.
Chunky Grogan: Well, er, no, Sir. Not always, Sir.
[CSM gives a menacing look]
Mycroft: What exactly don't you like about it?
Chunky Grogan: Well, er, they sometimes give you good grub, sir, but, er, they mess it about like.
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The Soldiers of the Queen
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written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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Enjoyable old film
7 May 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable effort in the Ealing vein, more specifically in the black comic vein of "Kind Hearts and Coronets" or "The Naked Truth", with fairly upper-class individuals gleefully straying from the straight and narrow. It is a mark of the film's whimsical success that one is made to sympathise with what is basically a gang of upper-class soldiers resorting to criminality. The wit, camaraderie and very subtle pathos of the ex-soldiers is very well worked - adrift as they are in peacetime, the planned heist provides some scope for their talents.

Most of the actors make their mark in some way - Roger Livesey, Nigel Patrick and particularly Jack Hawkins, are wonderful. Robert Coote is wonderfully spot-on in his late appearance as Brigadier Bunny Warren.

The script is finely crafted and while not up to the standard of "Kind Hearts...", this is quite a fine little film, always mildly winning in some way throughout its duration. Rating:- ****/*****


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