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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 »
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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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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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Oh Charley, Take It AwaySee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Funny isn't the word, 11 June 2004
Author: (philkt2@yahoo.co.uk) from London, England

This film is full of many wonderful characters from the mainstream 50's British cinematic comedy era. The film centres on the criminal gangs of London being double crossed in their criminal activities by a bunch of foreign criminal gang members who impersonate Metropolitan Police Officers.

They turn up at the scene of the crime and then disappear with the stolen goods leaving the criminals in limbo waiting to be arrested by the real police.

Arthur Mullard, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbens and many more make this a gem of a title to watch. Some of the film was produced around Teddington, South West London, the scene of the mass arrest at the railroad level crossing was filmed in a Teddington street called Fairfax Road.

The crossing was taken out of use many years ago but the building on which Peter Sellers and his cohorts sat observing the proceedings is still in place adjacent to the point where the crossing was.

The area where the Jaguar car driven by Mullard screams over the bridge is the railway road bridge at Strawberry Hill (not far from Teddington).

I humbly give this film 9 out of 10, but then maybe I'm biased as I just love old British comedies such as this. Produced by Romulus Films and distributed by British Lion Films, what could be better?

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