A barrister attempts to discourage his daughter's infatuation for a philanderer, by revealing his past. The plan backfires when the daughter's would-be father-in-law threatens to reveal the barrister's shady background.
Holland, a shy retiring man, dreams of being rich and living the good life. Faithfully, for 20 years, he has worked as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. One day he befriends Pendlebury, a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France. Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery and Shorty. Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns.Written by
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[greeting Holland and Pendlebury on their tipsy return from a celebratory dinner]
You naughty men, waking us all up at this hour.
A thousand pardons.
[Restraining Pendlebury as he's about to enter]
Wipe your feet.
A little celebration.
Already? Your holidays don't start till tomorrow.
Today is tomorrow.
"O polished perturbation! Golden care! That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide!" Henry IV, part two.
Good night, you naughty men. Don't forget to switch off.
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In my opinion - this is the best comedy movie ever made. There are few movies that can still generate belly laughs two or three years after their release. This movie is still funny after more than fifty years! Plus it has some of the greatest comedy scenes ever filmed: the "my safe is broken and I have the whole payroll in it" scene; the two small-time thieves comparing resumes; Alec Guiness blending into the crowd of City bankers; and, of course, the famous last scene.
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