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Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)

A Playboy tries to recruit a gang, who include an American who needs cash to satisfy his wife's expensive tastes, and an old time expert cracksman, to rob a foreign embassy's safe, but ... See full summary »

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Dominic
Yôko Tani ...
Fina (as Yoko Tani)
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Preedy
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Christine
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Colonel
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Edward
Ann Lynn ...
Mouse
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Toddy
Doug Robinson ...
Albert (as Douglas Robinson)
Gillian Maude ...
Bride's Mother
Trevor Reid ...
Bride's Father
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Police Sergeant (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
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Tony Hawes ...
Fop
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Bride
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A Playboy tries to recruit a gang, who include an American who needs cash to satisfy his wife's expensive tastes, and an old time expert cracksman, to rob a foreign embassy's safe, but trouble starts when the plan begins to go wrong. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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3 March 1961 (Finland)  »

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Caminho para a Violência  »

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There isn't a Belgravia station on the London Underground. See more »

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Christine: You're never going to regret this Dominic.
Dominic: I'd better not or I'll sell you to an Arab,
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References The Square Peg (1958) See more »

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Terence Morgan organizes a safecracking job
19 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Piccadilly Third Stop" (1960) is a Britnoir crime movie, the noir part being that the film focuses almost solely on criminals. In watching noir crime films, we do not expect happy endings. We expect some surprise things to go wrong. We expect a doublecross or two and perhaps a femme fatale for good measure. We also allow for the possibility that the criminals even win. But typically we expect a scenario like "The Asphalt Jungle", "Rififi", and "The Good Die Young".

This variation spends the first 45 minutes setting up most of the characters, their relationships and motivations for going into a safecracking job in which access is through a subway tunnel. William Hartnell is perfect as the fussy professional safecracker brought in to blow the safe. John Crawford throughout the story is a nervous Nellie and small time crook. He gets in debt to gambling house owner, the urbane but threatening Dennis Price; while his wife Mai Zetterling has the hots for Terence Morgan who does jobs for Crawford, at least at first. Morgan is a smooth and confident opportunist looking for angles, and he finds one in Yôko Tani. Her father is an ambassador and the embassy has the safe filled with cash. Morgan lives with Charles Kay, who takes orders from him. It looks as if Morgan swings both ways; his attractions to both Zetterling and Tani are quite real.

The story develops around Morgan's manipulations. He carries the part very well indeed; he is very good in other such movies too, like "Turn the Key Softly" and especially "Tread Softly Stranger". Crawford is no stranger to these Britnoirs either. He is energetic and straightforward in his roles.

Although the story toils rather too hard to set up the crime and although it's broadly familiar, really a knockoff, it's still fun to watch. The cast makes it so and the plot's little surprises.


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