A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve.Written by
The producers originally rejected director Alexander Mackendrick's choice of Katie Johnson for the role of Mrs. Wilberforce on the grounds that she might be too frail for the project, and so they cast a younger actress who died before filming began. See more »
When Professor Marcus first calls at Mrs. Wilberforce's boarding house she opens the door and it is never closed, yet we see Professor Marcus standing in front of a closed door a few moments later. See more »
[looking blankly at his cello]
Are we supposed to make noises with these things? What kind o' noises?
Who is she?
Not "noises," One-Round, *music*!
I said what does she mean, you...
[Professor Marcus shushes him and turns on the record, dancing a bit to the music]
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During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »
Minuet in E major
Written by Luigi Boccherini, arranged for string ensemble
[playing on the phonograph whenever the robbers are pretending to be practicing] See more »
An all time classic that did NOT need a remake!
I was fortunate that Channel 4 in the UK showed this original classic film at the same time the new remake was about to hit the cinema screens. Many thanks therefore for providing two hours of classic cinema that showed clearly why Americans should not bother with naff remakes.
A classic ensemble of some of the UK's finest acting talent o the time pull of a heist in the centre of London but when their landlady finds out what they are up to, a bizarre sequence of events leads the gang to turn on each other in a brilliant and amusingly written, directed and produced film.
Whilst railway nostalgists will be wondering at the vintage footage of steam hauled trains coming out of St Pancras station and goods yard, others will be marvelling at the brilliant characterisations and script that makes this a timeless classic from Ealing studios.
And then the Americans decide on an Americanised remake WHY?!? Apparently we are promised [unnecessary] remakes of all of the Ealing comedy classics can't wait for the Titfield Thunderbolt to be remade with a Class 66 and a 4-VEP then!
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