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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)

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Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention ... See full summary »

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Ivan
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Miss Pelham
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Ma
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Pealer Bell
Dicken Ashworth ...
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Clint
Anthony Heaton ...
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Brian Protheroe ...
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Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible, the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Based on one of the biggest robberies in London

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Actress Jean Seberg was offered the female lead in this film. She was excited by the prospect of staring alongside David Niven, since they had enjoyed working with each other on Bonjour tristesse. Seberg committed suicide before filming began. See more »

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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He Makes It Look Easy
3 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Like Michael Corleone Richard Jordan keeps trying to go straight in A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and they keep dragging him back in again. But unlike Corleone, Jordan after a while likes the idea of making that easy tax free money. And with his skill he actually does make robbery look easy.

Jordan plays an American expatriate who gets training as an electrician while serving a sentence in Great Britain. His brain dead parole officer gets him assigned to work in a bank on their wiring. Does that ever interest criminal mastermind David Niven who was in prison with Jordan.

He forces Jordan to work with him and after a while not much force is needed. But the inevitable problems do come up and it's what happens to Niven and Jordan and their criminal gang that is the basis for this semi-lighthearted caper film.

Gloria Grahame has one of her last roles as Jordan's mother and the very last performance of Hugh Griffith is in this film. Griffith plays a pawnbroker and Jordan buys a telescope from him. What he does with the telescope I can't reveal, but it does show just how insecure that bank was for all their bragging about their security.

The title of course is based on the famous British pop song of the Thirties which a few American artists like Bing Crosby managed to record as well. The song is heard a few times, but the last bank heisted is in London's Berkeley Square and what do nightingale's do, but sing.

This is a nice caper film, somewhat reminiscent of The Brink's Job with a British touch.


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