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Director:
Writers:
Ray Galton (written by) &
Alan Simpson (written by) ...
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Release Date:
17 May 1963 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Meet the Mastermind Who Pulls the Strings in the Underworld...and all his mobs and dolls...filling the London fog with laughter and lunacy!!!
Plot:
The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that go one better... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
I still haven't stopped laughing See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Pearly Gates

Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Parker

Bernard Cribbins ... Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ... Trainer King

Nanette Newman ... Valerie

Bill Kerr ... Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ... Bluey May

Reg Lye ... Reg Denton

John Le Mesurier ... Assistant Commissioner

Graham Stark ... Sid Cooper

Martin Boddey ... Superintendent Forest

Irene Browne ... Dowager
Arthur Mullard ... Brassknuckles
Dermot Kelly ... Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ... Annette

Tutte Lemkow ... Siggy Schmoltz
Barry Keegan ... Alf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Caine ... Police Station PC (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Crook at Syndicate Meeting (uncredited)
Dick Emery ... Man in Flat 307 (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Van Driver (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Police Station Sergeant (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Crook at Syndicate Meeting (uncredited)

John Junkin ... Maurice (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Crook at Syndicate Meeting (uncredited)

Dennis Price ... Educated Ernest (uncredited)
Cardew Robinson ... Mailman (uncredited)
Harold Siddons ... PC in Basement Garage (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... Police Station PC (uncredited)
Gerald Sim ... Airfield Official (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman in Front Row at Meeting (uncredited)
Davina Taylor ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Cliff Owen 
 
Writing credits
Ray Galton (written by) &
Alan Simpson (written by) &
John Antrobus (written by)

John Warren (screenplay) &
Len Heath (screenplay)

Ivor Jay (original story) &
William Whistance Smith (original story)

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Cecil F. Ford .... associate producer
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... in association with (as M. Smedley Aston)
Robert Velaise .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tristam Cones 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Harry White 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hair stylist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Baird .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nigel Curzon .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jean Peyre .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Howell .... sound recordist
Allan Morrison .... sound editor
Tony Cripps .... boom operator (uncredited)
Wally Nelson .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
Ray Hearne .... still photographer (uncredited)
Christopher Neame .... camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Smith .... wardrobe (as Jimmy Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Graham Harris .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Robert Ellis .... titles designer
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Maureen Gregson .... publicist (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2002) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
In the police station on "no crime" night, one of the coppers can be seen reading a comic book based on the US TV show "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961). Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne can be seen on the cover.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the first bank robbery, the robbers drive away from the bank, but in the next shot they are seen approaching the bank again from the opposite direction as the IPO mob divert them down a side street where they are lined up against a wall directly opposite the bank.

The first shop they pass after leaving the bank is an International Stuffs shop. The next shop has an awning pulled down from a higher level than the International Stuffs shop. It also has an arched opening just above the awning. When the IPO divert them down a side street, they are again in front of an International Stuffs shop, but the next shop has a smaller awning, a name sign above it and no arched opening above that (a different facade altogether), and thus, not the same location. No other buildings are shown in full, so it cannot be assumed that they are in the same location simply based on one shop being the same. As it is called International, however, it can be assumed that there are more than one, particularly a fictitious one. And, as stated before, the shop next door is entirely different.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Coombes:They shipped enough crooks out to Australia. It's about time they had a few back here!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Oh Charley, Take It AwaySee more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I still haven't stopped laughing, 19 July 2001
Author: THX--1138 from London, UK / Suffern, NY USA

Watch the movie. There's this one bit I like best....no - there's this other bit....no, no....my favourite bit.... JUST WATCH THE MOVIE!!!! Just to see the look on 'Siggy Schmoltz' (a professional thief bought in to help and who's not in on the 'caper) face as they line up a (broken down)police van to ram the bank delivery van - miss, and the driver of the bank van helps them back it up for a second go. I had to stop the movie so I could stop laughing long enough to breathe! 10/10!

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