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Alan Hackney (screenplay)
Alan Hackney (story)
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Release Date:
October 1965 (USA) See more »
It's a mad-mad whirl of a hunt for guys and gals and goodies!
A motley group of soldiers are set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Callan ... Lt. Tim Morton

Lionel Jeffries ... Sgt. Maj. McGregor

Denholm Elliott ... Capt. Tabasco

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Gen. Lockwood

Bernard Cribbins ... Sgt. Clegg

James Robertson Justice ... Librarian

Leslie Phillips ... Young Husband
Gabriella Licudi ... Annabelle Nash
Patricia Viterbo ... Sylvie Tarnet

Terry-Thomas ... Maj. Foskett
Lee Montague ... SSgt. Mansfield
Irene Handl ... Elderly Woman
Richard Wattis ... Parkins
Miles Malleson ... Salesman
Gwendolyn Watts ... Young Wife

Clive Dunn ... Doorman

Tracy Reed ... Poppy Pennington

James Villiers ... Bill Simpson
Graham Stark ... McGregor's friend
Arthur Howard ... Cecil

Arthur Lowe ... Husband

Peter Bull ... Ferocious Man in Library
David Jacobs ... Himself
Norman Vaughan ... Norman Stone
Lance Percival ... Young Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Bower ... Himself
Richard Caldicot
The Cherokees ... Themselves
Peter Gilmore
Jim Green ... Himself
John Kirby-Woolard ... Himself
Terry Stokes ... Himself
Marianne Stone ... Fan Club Worker
Mike Sweeney ... Himself

Peter Barkworth ... Studio Director (uncredited)

Ed Bishop ... (uncredited)
Jeffrey Chandler ... Freddie (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Army Officer Drinking Tea (uncredited)
Stanley Meadows ... Barry Morris (uncredited)
Jill Mai Meredith ... Sally (uncredited)
Norman Mitchell ... Billingsgate Fish Porter (uncredited)

Jon Pertwee ... Storekeeper (Hare Factory) (uncredited)
Jo Rowbottom ... Librarian (uncredited)
Alexandra Stevenson ... Carol (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Annabelle Nash (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Hackney  screenplay
Alan Hackney  story
Jan Read  uncredited
Michael Winner  story

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Art Direction by
Maurice Carter 
Costume Design by
Tony Armstrong 
Production Management
Ted Wallis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction manager
Sound Department
Ken Cameron .... sound recordist
Wally Milner .... sound recordist
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Garth Inns .... special effects
Curly Nelhams .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Thomson .... camera operator (as Alex Thompson)
Music Department
Laurie Johnson .... conductor
Other crew
Bob Godfrey .... title designer
Eileen Head .... continuity

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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Recording System)

Did You Know?

Final film of Miles Malleson.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the famous Lutine bell is stolen, the officers at HQ describe it as weighing about a hundred pounds, and difficult but not impossible for a man to move around, yet in the scene at the finish line, we get a quick glimpse of Tracy Reed, herself probably not much more than that, scooping it up effortlessly in the scramble.See more »
Clegg:"Dig? Me? I'm a married man!"See more »
I'm With YouSee more »


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An undervalued pleasure, 17 October 2013
Author: Marco Trevisiol from Melbourne, Australia

It's somewhat strange how this cheery and pleasing film has been almost totally forgotten today - perhaps in part despite its 'Swinging London' ethos that it was filmed in black & white?

Michael Winner's 1960s films were noted for their vivid and lively style, and it's a pity that when he moved to Hollywood in the early 1970s he seemed to lose that style and his films became defined by being dour, downbeat and often quite nasty.

Back to YMBJ, acting standouts include Lionel Jeffries who steals the film with his funny performance just as he did a few years previously with 'The Wrong Arm of the Law' and Terry-Thomas in a small but typically very amusing performance.

The film's finale is a bit messy and incoherent, but otherwise the film is full of good fun and laughs.

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