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Too Many Crooks (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 8 March 1959 (UK)
Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Zampi

Writers:

Christiane Rochefort (story), Jean Nery (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry-Thomas ... Billy Gordon
George Cole ... Fingers
Brenda de Banzie ... Lucy (as Brenda De Banzie)
Bernard Bresslaw ... Snowdrop
Sidney James ... Sid
Joe Melia ... Whisper
Vera Day ... Charmaine
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Secretary
John Le Mesurier ... Magistrate
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Solicitor
Rosalie Ashley Rosalie Ashley ... Angela
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Tommy
Vilma Ann Leslie Vilma Ann Leslie ... Girl Journalist
Edie Martin ... Gordon's Mother
Tutte Lemkow ... Swarthy Man
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Storyline

Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the boys off. So they decide to kidnap his daughter, only to end up with his wife Lucy. Gordon makes out he couldn't be more pleased, spurring Lucy to take charge of the hopeless bunch of villains. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Robbery With Laughter! Crime Was Simple To Them - They Were All Simple Minded!

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangsterkvartetten See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last feature film of Gibb McLaughlin. See more »

Quotes

Angela: Tommy and I are engaged.
Billy Gordon: What? Well, why didn't you tell me before?
Angela: Well, we couldn't tell you before it happened.
Billy Gordon: Before what happened?
Tommy: Uh, before we were engaged, sir.
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Referenced in Ruthless People (1986) See more »

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Staggeringly undervalued British comedy
19 June 2008 | by michael-heathcote3See all my reviews

Just watched this again and I am a bit bemused to say the least as to why this film is so overlooked in the catalogue of British comedies of the period, or any period. It is sensationally scripted for a start, this has to be one of the sharpest British screenplays of all time. It is as dark as any of the more celebrated Brit-coms, such as Ladykillers, but unlike that film it doesn't take itself so seriously, being directed and played as a light comedy, almost a theatrical farce. And it is possibly this lightness of touch that has left it sidelined against the others. Terry-Thomas is at his slimiest as the womanising miser who's amassed a fortune by avoiding the dreaded taxman, and George Cole is very nearly as good as the bungling self styled Mr. Big of a hapless criminal gang. The busy plot turns this way and that and has some really funny scenes in it, but the best thing about this film is in the cleverness of the screenplay and the subtle nuances of comedy that are handled very slickly by the cast of expert comedy character actors.


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