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There Was a Crooked Man (1960)

| Comedy | June 1962 (USA)
When a law-abiding demolition expert is duped by a gang of criminals into helping them he is caught and jailed. When he is released he goes straight and then notices a leading citizen in ... See full summary »

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Stuart Burge

Writers:

James Bridie (play), Reuben Ship
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Davy Cooper
Alfred Marks ... Adolf Carter
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... McKillup
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Station Master
Susannah York ... Ellen
Jean Clarke Jean Clarke ... Freda
Timothy Bateson ... Flash Dan
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Restaurant Gentleman
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Ann Heffernan Ann Heffernan ... Hospital Sister (as Ann Hefferman)
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Nurse
Reed De Rouen Reed De Rouen ... Dutchman
Brian Oulton ... Ashton
Glyn Houston ... Smoking Machinist
Percy Herbert ... Prison Warden
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When a law-abiding demolition expert is duped by a gang of criminals into helping them he is caught and jailed. When he is released he goes straight and then notices a leading citizen in his town is cheating his neighbours. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Hair Raising! Roof Raising! A Feast Of Laughter!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fost cândva un şarlatan See more »

Filming Locations:

Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Knightsbridge Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

One of two films Norman Wisdom made independently to extend his range away from his usual alter-ego of 'The Gump'. See more »

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Classic Norman Wisdom Film not seen for 50 years, Now on DVD
26 July 2017 | by 3DPhilSee all my reviews

What a surprise to find this film available from Network on Air via Amazon. Norman plays a much calmer role than his usual Gimp character, and so shows a completely different side to his acting. and I must say what a wonderful script for this film as it was a joy from start to finish with some real twist and turns, Wisdom still had the chance to do some of his slap stick which he seemed to do the stunts himself. Picture quality of the new DVD was a mostly very good and was in full widescreen, although I would also love to see this released on Blu-ray as it must be one of Normans greatest achievements, I worked with the great man on a charity film "Cosmic Brain suckers" and had the chance to spend many hours chatting to him over the shoot, I found him to be a most charming man with immense talent but also for his ability to play many musical instruments and through one of his later TV performances in Going Gently about a man dying of cancer. a great and powerful performance in a strait acting role. Thanks so much Network for releasing this great film so we can all enjoy it after not being seen for more than 50 years.


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