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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

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Col. Norman Hyde
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Peter Graham Race
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Mycroft
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Edward Lexy
Bryan Forbes ...
Martin Porthill
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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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Honorables delincuentes  »

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Trivia

Oliver Reed portrays one of the gay actors at the theatre. See more »

Goofs

Initial scene with Hawkins cutting currency in half shows half of the bills falling on the table and the halves are "disappeared" in the next frame from another angle. See more »

Quotes

Weaver: Nothing in the Stop Press?
Lexy: No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
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Connections

Referenced in Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne?: Episode #1.6 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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A Wonderful Film
21 October 2002 | by (Godalming, England) – See all my reviews



This film apparently inspired the British comic troupe "The League Of Gentlemen".

I'm not surprised.

The film was directed by the popularly underrated Basil Dearden and starred the equally underrated Jack Hawkins.

What a shame they're so underrated!

The cast were brilliantly chosen and the plot is inspired. It would probably be impossible to remake this film acceptably well - it is very much of it's time.

Nigel Patrick will tell you, old darling, that you should watch this film with warmth and humour - the way it was made.


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