Italian-American mafioso Carmine Ganucci evicts Miss Poole and her school of etiquette from the commercial building he has just purchased, the space which he wants for one of his own ...
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Italian-American mafioso Carmine Ganucci evicts Miss Poole and her school of etiquette from the commercial building he has just purchased, the space which he wants for one of his own illicit businesses, and despite Miss Poole having a long term lease. An incensed Miss Poole senses an opportunity when, going to confront Ganucci about the situation, he mistakes her as an applicant for nanny, he requiring such a caregiver for his son Lewis as he and his wife head to Italy for an extended trip, leaving Lewis at home with said caregiver. In her new position as nanny, Miss Poole plans to exact revenge and get what she feels is appropriate monetary compensation - $50,000 - by masterminding a plot to kidnap Lewis, her accompanist Luther who she will co-opt as that actual kidnapper without telling him that it is Ganucci's son they are kidnapping. Complications and misunderstandings ensue when nanny deals with one of Ganucci's low level flunkies, Benny Napkins, to have the $50,000 ransom paid ... Written by
Since 1960 Victor Mature's screen appearances were infrequent as he preferred retirement and golf to movie making. It was four years since his last screen role in After The Fox. As he put it they got him to sign for Every Little Crook And Nanny in a moment when he was bored with his retirement routine.
Although Mature himself did a wonderful spoof on his own screen image the rest of Every Little Crook And Nanny falls flat on its face where a whole lot of players try to out mug each other for the camera. There was just no direction in this film. Only Mature and title role co-star Lynn Redgrave try to play it straight.
As organized crime kingpin Mature forces out Lynn Redgrave and her etiquette school to make room for a new betting parlor. When she goes to complain Mature mistakes her for a British nanny he's been looking for to give his juvenile Philip Graves a little polish. Obviously Mature must have been influenced by Mary Poppins. In any event she gets hired and then she hatches a plan to kidnap young Graves because who'd be stupid enough to kidnap a Mafia kingpin's kid?
As it turns out it's fairly easy and if there's no such thing as the Mafia it's because Mature has idiots working for him. People like John Astin, Dom DeLuise and Paul Sand among other assorted stumble bums. But Sand in the end lucks out.
The other running gag is Margaret Blye and the fact that Mature is proud he's married to a full figured girl.
Maybe if someone had taken charge here this might have been a far better comedy than as it turned out.
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