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April 1974 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jennifer Westbrook ... Emily Barrow (as Jenny Westbrook)
David Warbeck ... Grant Henry
Henry Rayner ... Constable
Gerald Taylor ... Herbert Barrow
Michael Armstrong ... Sergeant Plinth
Terence Edmond ... Inspector Robert Smith
Diane Keen ... Judy Martin
Christopher Neil ... Guy Hammond
Harvey Hall ... Jacobi
Gloria Maley ... Angie (as Gloria Walker)
Christopher Biggins ... Porky Prescott
Christopher Mitchell ... Wensleydale
Eric Deacon ... Crabshaw
Susan Glanville ... Florinda Prescott
Deirdre Costello ... Jezebel (as Linda Coombes)
David Landor ... Guido
James Aubrey ... 1st Reporter
David Pugh ... 2nd Reporter
Brenda Rae ... Salesgirl
Anthony May ... Barman
Derek Martin ... Doorman
Val Penny ... Stripper
Dave Carter ... Jeweller
Neville Barber ... Auctioneer
Michael Hannah ... Chauffeur
Carlotta Barrow ... Waitress
Veronica Doran ... Meter Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman at Auction (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Campbell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Armstrong  screenplay (as Edward Hyde)
Tudor Gates  screenplay (as Edward Hyde)

Produced by
Tudor Gates .... producer (as Teddy White)
Michael Style .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Vickers  (as Mike Vickers)
Cinematography by
Grenville Middleton (photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Musgrave  (as Rex Graves)
Art Direction by
Tony Noble  (as Anthony Noble)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director
Art Department
Charles Torbett .... properties
Carlotta Barrow .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugh Jampton .... sound editor
John Potter .... boom operator
Malcolm Stewart .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Connor .... clapper loader (as Mike Connor)
Alan McDonald .... focus puller
Bill Paterson .... camera operator
Arthur Whitmarsh .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Christopher Greenbury .... assistant editor (as Chris Greenbury)
Michael Slade .... assistant editor
Other crew
David Ball .... production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Handful of Diamonds" - USA (X-rated version)
"Her Family Jewels" - USA (X-rated version)
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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:X | USA:R (re-rating)
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Family Jewels, 12 November 2000
Author: gavcrimson from United Kingdom

The late David Warbeck is Grant Henry aka The Sex Thief in this surprising 1973 sex comedy. A writer of trashy paperbacks like The Dirty and the Dying, Henry moonlights as a masked jewel thief who is usually caught in the act but lures his female captors to bed. Bedroom gymnast that he is, the women lie about his identity 'who could disguise himself as a clubfooted coloured midget one week and a 6'6 Russian with a hair lip the next' and even hope to get burgled again! A shameless Hollywood producer and a dizzy blonde try to drum up publicity by claiming that the Thief assaulted her. Enraged that his name has been tarnished The Sex Thief buys a plastic gun and in a Forced Entry manner stalks the actress, catching her in the bath before the pair reinact her made up scenario. Dim, corrupt cops more interested in selling contraband blue movies than catching the Thief also become involved in the caper. Despite the low voltage stereotype of the British sex film The Sex Thief is well made and occasionally funny and sexy. This was in fact a kinky package for the Ups and Downs of a Handyman era crowd- with several jolting sequences such as intercuting a wrestling match with sex thief's own brand of wrestling not to mention his own subjugation at the hands of a Kung-Fu trained insurance investigator! Its more infamous today for its re-edited American release that in classic sleaze fashion took a softcore foreign feature and beefed it up with X- rated inserts. This version entitled 'Her Family Jewels' dubiously resurfaced in the UK years later under the premise that semi-famous British thesps (Dianne Keen, Christopher Biggins) had once appeared in an X-rated movie. RADA trained Michael Armstrong who acts in the film as a breast obsessed cop and wrote the film under demonic alter ego 'Edward Hyde', is most familiar to exploitation fans for the much banned Mark of the Devil as well as the autobiographical Eskimo Nell. Viewers familiar with the latter will no doubt feel a sense of deja vu here as several characters and scenarios make premature appearances in The Sex Thief. Another discovery is actress Gloria Walker aka Gloria Maley who went from being worked over by Warbeck's buzzing 'simulator' to providing blood and guts effects for the gruesome Inseminoid (1980)- a more diverse career move is hard to imagine. The Sex Thief rises above the typical British sexpo thanks to some pointed raunchiness, a surprisingly subversive script and a charismatic leading man. Warbeck was once apparently the mysterious house breaking protagonist of the Milk Tray ads whilst director Martin Campbell recently made the big budget Zorro movie, two things worth pondering while you watch The Sex Thief.

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