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A Touch of Larceny (1960)

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cmdr. Max Easton
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Sir Charles Holland
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Virginia Killain
Oliver Johnston ...
Minister
Robert Flemyng ...
Cmdr. John Larkin
William Kendall ...
Tom
Duncan Lamont ...
1st Special Branch man Gregson
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Capt. Graham
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Sub Lt. Brown
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Clara Holland
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John Holland
Waveney Lee ...
Marcia Holland
Charles Carson ...
Robert Holland
Junia Crawford ...
Susan
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Club Member (as Henry Longhurst)
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Storyline

Philandering Commander Max Easton, now desk-bound and under-worked in the Admiralty, finds he suddenly needs to make some money when he falls for American Virginia Killain. When he hatches a plot to disappear in circumstances that suggest he has defected and then return to sue the papers, Virginia doesn't take much notice - at least at first. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Meet the man with the hilarious plan to hoax the whole world out of a cool million...and coax a one-in-a-million girl into his arms! See more »

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8 July 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hochverrat mit Hindernissen  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The studio wanted David Niven to play the lead, but producer Ivan Foxwell insisted on James Mason. See more »

Goofs

When Max picks up Virginia for their luncheon date, she tries to put a scarf on her head to keep her hair from blowing around in the wind caused by riding in Max's convertible sports car. However, when Max brings his car to a sudden stop, the wind continues. See more »

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The Nearness of You
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd
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delightful caper comedy
3 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

**** out of 5...No violence and no special effects, just droll and urbane humor and WIT. More in the spirit of "How To Steal A Million" or "The Thomas Crown Affair" rather than "The Sting," this British comedy has lots to like. Begin with a thoroughly winning, playboy-rogue characterization by James Mason. Mix in a perfect snob played by the inimitable George Sanders (as only he can). Simmer with the last half, which builds into one of those reversal-on-reversal, can-you-top-this endings. I caught it at 3AM on a local station and, fortunately, taped it.


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