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Director:
Writers:
Ray Galton (written by) &
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Release Date:
17 May 1963 (Ireland) See more »
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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 »
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Genuinely entertaining comedy with absurd and funny situations See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Pearly Gates

Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Fred 'Nosey' 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 J.S. 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)
Dick Emery ... Man in Flat 307 (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Van Driver (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Police Station Sergeant (uncredited)
John Junkin ... Maurice (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  writer &
Len Heath  screenplay

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

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Cecil F. Ford .... associate producer
Robert Velaise .... executive producer
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... producer (uncredited)
 
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)
 
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 .... title designer
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Maureen Gregson .... publicist (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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94 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
The white Ferrari that Peter Sellers pulls up in at the fairground is his own, its a 500 Superfast, one of only 6 in the country at the time. He loved it so much he is quoted as saying 'if it catches fire let it burn' because he wouldn't let anyone touch it.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Inspector Parker and the other police officers arrive at Battersea Fun Fair to meet Pearly Gates, their taxis park in front of a generator lorry that was being used for lighting the scenes, and was not associated with the fun fair.See more »
Quotes:
[Pearly Gates has arrange to meet Inspector "Nosy" Parker on a roundabout at a funfair]
Inspector Parker:[complaining] I suppose this is your idea of a joke. Battersea Funfair. Fancy having a meeting on a thing like this.
Pearly Gates:I must admit, the idea of a load of bogeys going round in circles did appeal to me, yeah.
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Movie Connections:
References "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh Charley, Take It AwaySee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Genuinely entertaining comedy with absurd and funny situations, 25 January 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Amusing comedy has Aussie swindlers trio being chased by Scotland Yard as well as thieves because they have been posing as policemen and confiscating pillage from apprehended robbers . The Australian bunch being informed by Valerie(Nanette Newman), fiancée of Pearly (Peter Sellers), the leader of a group of inept crooks . Then the criminals organize a convention among the main robbers (Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins) and scheme a plan. After that , there happens a meeting between chief thieves and cops (Lionel Jeffries, John Le Musurier) which takes place at a merry-go-round. Later on, they set up a trap to track them down.

Agreeable spoof comedy in ¨Ealing¨ style packs some very funny and wacky moments . This is a classic British comedy of the 60s in the wake of ¨ Lavender hill mob¨ that is clearly its inspiration . Enjoyable argument divides his satirical jibes between the underworld crooks and police . It contains sympathetic performance of Peter Sellers , Bernard Cribbins and special mention for Lionel Jeffries as unfortunate cop. Secondary intervention by Dennis Price as educated crook and cameo role by Michael Caine in the Police Station. Furthermore Graham Stark as likable thief , formerly becoming into usual 'Pink Panther' series. Atmospheric score by Richard Rodney Bennett with jazzy sound in the main titles. Appropriate cinematography in black and white by Ernest Steward. The picture is well and originally directed by Cliff Owen. He is a habitual director for television and an expert on comedy as he proved in ¨ No sex please : we're British¨, ¨The bawdy adventures of Tom Jones¨ , ¨A man could get killed¨ and several others. The flick will appeal to Peter Sellers fans and Brit comedy enthusiast . Rating : Good and better than average English comedy. This is one of the few enduringly funny films in British cinema of the 60.

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