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Strictly Confidential (1959)

| Comedy | 1959 (UK)
Two con-men are released from prison, but get straight back up to their old tricks.

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Richard Murdoch ...
Cmdr. Bissham-Ryley
William Kendall ...
Major Rory McQuarry
Maya Koumani ...
Maxine Millard
Neil Hallett ...
Basil Wantage
Bruce Seton ...
Inspector Shearing
Ellis Irving ...
Captain Sharples
Larry Burns ...
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Llewellyn Rees ...
Mellinger
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Grimshaw
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Two con-men are released from prison, but get straight back up to their old tricks.

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Major Rory McQuarry: Now, Grimshaw, to work. First things first... now the eh, factory canteen
Grimshaw: Well? What about it?
Cmdr. Bissham-Ryley: Much against our will, we have decided personally to sample everything supplied to the workers
Grimshaw: Oh, you have
Major Rory McQuarry: Army marches on its stomach, you know. We'll start off with bacon and eggs, kippers, kedgeree, kidneys on toast, smoked haddock, a small but succulent steak with mushrooms and tomatoes and, maybe, a small mixed grill and finish with coffee, toast and marmalade. Then we'll discuss the little ...
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Humdrum comedy
2 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Strictly Confidential' is a short, low-budget 1950s British comedy which does not aspire to sophistication. 'Major' McQuarry (William Kendall) and 'Commander' Binham-Ryley (Richard Murdoch) are a pair of would-be genteel confidence tricksters, recently released from prison. It is their good fortune to encounter Maxine Millard, an attractive young widow, who offers them work as joint managing directors of Grannies Globules Ltd, manufacturers of 'The perfect pills for stomach ills'. They are obviously unfit for their posts, but Maxine has her own devious financial motives for undermining the firm of which she is chairman.

Kendall and Murdoch are competent comic actors and their double-act just about keeps the film afloat. They wear bowler hats and carry umbrellas. The Major laces his speech with military jargon, the Commander laces his with naval jargon. They try to conceal the fact that they are penniless. William Hartnell, the 'Guest Star', acts as their principal foil.

Otherwise there is not much to be said. The plot is perfunctory and bears no relation to the realities of company law. The title has no particular relevance. Maya Koumani is (unintentionally) laughable as the villainess. In short, 'Strictly Confidential' comes across as a passable early television sitcom padded out to fill an hour.


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