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Crooks Anonymous (1962)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  April 1962 (UK)
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Forsdyke, a pathological petty thief subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-con Widdowes and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baxter ...
Sir Harvey Russelrod
Michael Medwin ...
Ronnie Bassett
Pauline Jameson ...
Robertson Hare ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Dermot Kelly ...
Norman Rossington ...
Harry Fowler ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Harry Locke ...


Forsdyke, a pathological petty thief subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-con Widdowes and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent girlfriend Babette, holds the hopes for his recovery and promises that she'll marry him if he'll reform. However, Forsdyke loses control when he's locked in a department store over Christmas. Written by alfiehitchie

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April 1962 (UK)  »

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Film debut of Julie Christie. See more »


When Fosdyke (Phillips) is left alone after being taken to Manderville Hall he falls into the trap of opening a safe behind a picture, in the first shot he is suddenly interrupted by Senior Brother (Hyde-White) and closes the picture over the safe, when it is reopened the handle is at right angles to where it was before. See more »


I Must Resist Temptation
Music by George Martin and Muir Mathieson
Lyrics by Brian Innes
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Honesty is the best policy
21 October 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Kleptomaniac (Phillips) wants to marry his girlfriend (Christie) but it's conditional on him going straight. After being tempted to pull off a safe cracking job, he's caught in the act and offered salvation via the benevolent guardian angel society known as "Crooks Anonymous" (when you're tempted to offend, just dial "uncrook" for assistance), led by former thief Wilfrid Hyde-White. Phillips proves to be a willing if troubled case, with guardian angel Stanley Baxter ready to test his honesty with ruses that Phillips routinely fails. But it turns out that not everyone is as rehabilitated as they portray.

Novel tale is amusing and Phillips is a likable comedian, ably supported by impressionist Baxter, light leading man Michael Medwin and other British notables; Norman Rossington features prominently as a department store night watchman toward the end of the film, and James Robertson Justice is memorable if brief as the store's ill-tempered owner. Her fans should also enjoy seeing fresh-faced Julie Christie in her film debut.

No belly laughs or side-splitting antics, but Baxter's impersonations and the set-ups for which Phillips falls are all capable of coaxing a giggle or two if you're in the right mood.

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