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 overview, first billed only:
Nigel Patrick ...
Bryan Forbes ...
Kieron Moore ...
Terence Alexander ...
Norman Bird ...
Robert Coote ...
Bunny Warren
Nanette Newman ...
Lydia Sherwood ...
Doris Hare ...
Molly Weaver
David Lodge ...
Patrick Wymark ...


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 <>

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22 August 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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Anthony Steel was considered for a leading role in the film, but he had gone abroad to live after his disastrous marriage to Anita Ekberg and could not be contacted. See more »


When the two cars and motorcycle move off from the lights to join the van a long line of oncoming traffic can be seen on the other side. In the next shot, cars passing the van, there is no traffic on the other side of the road. See more »


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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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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