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Crooks in Cloisters (1964)

Having pulled off the smallest ever train robbery, Little Walter and his crew decide to get out of London. The six of them set up business in a disused monastery off the Cornish coast, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo (as Gregoire Aslan)
Davy Kaye ...
Melvyn Hayes ...
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Joseph O'Conor ...
Father Septimus
Brother Lucius
Lady Florence
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Having pulled off the smallest ever train robbery, Little Walter and his crew decide to get out of London. The six of them set up business in a disused monastery off the Cornish coast, despite the fact that none of them really qualifies as a monk - least of all Walter's moll Bikini. Bit by bit, the quiet way of life starts becoming a habit. Written by Jeremy Perkins

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11 August 1964 (UK)  »

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Nicht mit uns, Herr Kommissar  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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2.35 : 1
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Len Shilton is credited on screen as a sound recordist, but is not cited in the film's press book, whereas Len Abbott appears in the press book but is not credited on screen. See more »


Walt: He might be a bumpkin but he's still a bogie.
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24 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Little Walter and his motley crew of robbers decide to get out of London after pulling off a tiny little train robbery. Holing up in a disused monastery off the Cornish coast, the gang start to find the way of life somewhat appealing, could it be that this gang of villains are going to get the habit?

There is no beating around the bush here, anyone outside of Britain are advised to stay well clear of this very British caper. It's amiable if very forgettable, but it most certainly shines as a beacon of Great British sensibilities. It's the sort of British film that would have benefited from having some top line writers at the helm, I smile when I think what Gilliat, Launder, Galton or Simpson could have done with the premise on offer. As it is it, it's daft nonsense that plays out exactly as you would expect, but upon the finale reveal, it still manages to cheer the spirit and bring about a cheesy grin. This is mainly down to the highly engaging cast that have managed to pull the discerning viewer into their new and engaging lives. Ronald Fraser, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Davy Kaye, Wilfrid Brambell and Melvyn Hayes are all instantly recognisable to fans of British film and television, so if you be one of those people? Then give it a go with your expectation level set at amiable. 6/10

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