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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Tobias ...
Miss Pelham
Inspector Watford
Michael Angelis ...
Pealer Bell
Dicken Ashworth ...
Charlie the Chubb
Brian Croucher ...
Derek Deadman ...
Nobby Flowers
James Galloway ...
Charlie Hawkins ...
Anthony Heaton ...
Legs Eleven
Davy Kaye ...
Sid the Yid
Brian Protheroe ...
Stan the Spinner


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 <>

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Comedy | Crime


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The Last film of Hugh Griffth See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


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(secondary theme), written, arranged and produced by Pierre Tubbs, and sung by Polly Cutter
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Much better than expected!
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently bought this movie on DVD at a discount store for $5. Although it is a no-frills DVD on the Geneon label (just the movie that starts playing immediately - no menu, no special features) the picture and sound quality were EXCELLENT. The movie is based on the true story of one of the biggest bank robberies in history.

Richard Jordan, who I must admit to not having heard of, plays the lead

  • Pinky Green. A charming young man who had spent too much of his few
years in prison and now wanted to go straight but is not allowed to do so! He portrays an American in England. David Niven plays the lead bad guy, also with the great charm for which he is famous. Bad, but with scruples as when he refuses to deny Pinky his "whack" for the job. Whack, in England, apparently is the fair share of the take and not a bullet in the head as in American gangster films! All the supporting cast do an excellent job producing a very believable movie.

What is perhaps best, to me, is that the whole movie is quite enjoyable and understandable (I frequently find myself lost in plot confusions and various characters) without ANY special effects. NO blood. No violence. Not even a single car chase! Just a well written story, well acted, well directed and well photographed! If I had any complaints about the movie, I would question the music. WHAT is bluegrass music doing in a bank heist story that takes place in England?

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