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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 September 1960 (USA)
In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

John Brophy (novel), Howard Clewes (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aldo Ray ... Charles Norgate
Elizabeth Sellars ... Iris Muldoon
Peter O'Toole ... Capt. Monty Fitch
Kieron Moore ... Walsh
Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe ... Albert Tosher Sparrow
Joseph Tomelty ... Cohoun
Wolf Frees ... Dr. Hagen
John Le Mesurier ... Green
Miles Malleson ... Assistant Curator
Colin Gordon ... Benge
Andrew Keir ... Sergeant of the Guard
Hugh Griffith ... O'Shea
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Storyline

London at the turn of the century in 1901. Three men are on a mission from the IRA to steal all the gold in the vaults of the Bank of England. Norgate, their leader, discovers the bank's weak spot: an old forgotten sewer straight under the vaults. But they have to deal with captain Fitch, a young but suspicious bank guard. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap, amikor kirabolták az Angol Bankot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$457,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$180,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$805,000, 31 December 1960
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, the stars of the TV series, Dad's Army, both appear in this film. Lowe is the bank clerk at the beginning of the film and Le Mesurier plays Green. See more »

Quotes

O'Shea: [about Norgate] He was a mining engineer, but he found it easier to extract gold from banks than from frozen streams.
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Connections

Referenced in The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) See more »

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Lead actor Aldo Ray could have been seriously considered to play James Bond!
30 October 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Based on Aldo Ray's fine performance in "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England" as both the brains and the muscles behind the Irish movements attempt at independence by literally breaking into the Queens bank and robbing her of their gold bullion, this black and white film could have been the impetus for the latter 1966 TV series Mission Impossible.

The film starts off a bit slow as we get to know the two main characters, the Irish American Charles Norgate (Aldo Ray) and Captain Monty Finch (Peter O'Toole) who is more than just a tad bit bored of being responsible for protecting the heavily secured vault of the Bank of England.

As the movie progresses Aldo Ray shines brighter and brighter in his lead role which in my personal opinion should have lead to his serious consideration for the lead role in the very first James Bond film, 1962's Dr. No. Aldo Ray would have been 36 years of age when Dr. No was realeased and his physical presence, burly build, steely caged eyes and sharp wit would have made him perefectly cast to play James Bond. Peter O'Toole could also have been considered to play James Bond advanced contraption expert sidekick "M".

But I digress, this 1960 black and white crime/action/suspense film may have been a low budget production but what it lacks in big budget releases such as Ben Hur, it more than makes up with fine acting, and a story line that begs that the underdog Charles Norgate (Aldo Ray) make good on his bank robbery.

I enjoyed the film immensely and I will be sure to add it as a "keeper" in my personal film library. I give this film an appreciative 8 out of 10 rating.


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