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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | | Crime, Thriller | 15 April 1960 (Ireland)
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Norman Hyde
Nigel Patrick ...
Peter Graham Race
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Mycroft
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Edward Lexy
Bryan Forbes ...
Martin Porthill
Kieron Moore ...
Stevens
Terence Alexander ...
Rupert Rutland-Smith
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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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15 April 1960 (Ireland)  »

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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Trivia

This was originally planned as a Carl Foreman production, and he may have done a version of the screenplay (there are characters named Weaver and Grogan in the film - a trademark of Foreman's) before hiring Bryan Forbes to write the film as a planned vehicle for Cary Grant. When Forbes presented his version, Foreman said it was not good enough to present to a star of Grant's magnitude, and the project went into abeyance for a while. When Forbes formed Allied Film Makers with Michael Relph, Basil Dearden, Richard Attenborough and Jack Hawkins, they obtained the necessary rights and made the film themselves - it was a great critical and financial success. See more »

Goofs

When the various characters gather for the first meeting, the shadow of the camera can be seen briefly on someone's back, as he has a drink. See more »

Quotes

Major Race: [after Hyde has explained his plan]
Major Race: Alright, I'm sold. I'll sign on, for the duration.
Lt. Col. Hyde: On my terms? Equal shares for all?
Major Race: Well, if you insist on this socialistic nonsense, yes. You're losing a friend, but gaining a second-in-command.
Lt. Col. Hyde: I'll settle for that.
[they drink a toast]
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Connections

References Bonjour Tristesse (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
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written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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Like many caper films, taut and exciting.
20 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's very strange, but within the caper film genre, there are TONS of wonderful films....tons. Movies like "Rififi", "Grand Slam" and "The Italian Job" are all top entertainment...and "The League of Gentlemen" follows in this same tradition.

The film begins with Hyde (Jack Hawkings) sending an invitation to seven men. When the men all arrive at this dinner party, Hawkins shocks them all by telling them their sordid military histories. All served dishonorably and all are rogues...just the sort you'd like to recruit for some illegal acts. In this case, they will commit a very daring daytime bank robbery, but this is much later in the film. In the meantime, they all move in together and behave much like a precise military unit. Next, they have another, smaller but very daring raid to do so they'll have the proper equipment for the big robbery. How all this works together so precisely is why the film is worth seeing. Very well written, directed and acted--this is rousing entertainment from start to finish. It also offers enough novelty to make it different enough from these other films.

By the way, an interesting notion is the character played by Kieron Moore. Though never explicitly stated, it sure is apparent he's supposed to be gay. And, speaking of this, look for a tiny role played by a young Oliver Reed--a very, very stereotypically gay role...VERY.


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