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Crooks Anonymous (1962)

Forsdyke, a pathological petty thief subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-con Widdowes and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent ... See full summary »


Ken Annakin


Jack Davies (original screenplay), Henry Blyth (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... Dandy Forsdyke
Stanley Baxter ... R.S. Widdowes
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Laurence Montague (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Julie Christie ... Babette La Verne
James Robertson Justice ... Sir Harvey Russellrod
Michael Medwin ... Ronnie Bassett
Pauline Jameson ... Prunella
Robertson Hare ... Grimsdale
Raymond Huntley ... Wagstaffe
Norman Rossington ... Bert
Harry Fowler ... Woods
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Fletcher
Harold Goodwin ... George
Harry Locke Harry Locke ... Fred
Colin Gordon ... Drunk


Forsdyke, a pathological petty thief subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-con Widdowes and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent girlfriend Babette, holds the hopes for his recovery and promises that she'll marry him if he'll reform. However, Forsdyke loses control when he's locked in a department store over Christmas. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Crime


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In the scene where Stanley Baxter's character, disguised as a vicar, is hit in the head by a soccer ball, the boy who asks for the ball back is Dennis Waterman (then aged 14), who later starred in TV's The Sweeney (1974), Minder (1979), and New Tricks (2003). Several adult cast members of this film subsequently appeared in 'Minder' with Waterman. See more »


When Fosdyke (Leslie Phillips) is left alone after being taken to Manderville Hall he falls into the trap of opening a safe behind a picture. In the first shot he is suddenly interrupted by Senior Brother (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and closes the picture over the safe, but when it is reopened the handle is at right angles to where it was before. See more »


Babette La Verne: Just look around the room and show one thing that isn't stolen.
Dandy Forsdyke: [He looks and looks and, after some difficulty, takes a picture frame from the mantle which has a picture of Babette] . This.
[And then he explains]
Dandy Forsdyke: Ah - the picture, not the frame.
Babette La Verne: [Tearfully] Even the camera you took the picture with was stolen.
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Sung at the Christmas party
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Poor Julie Christie!
11 December 2018 | by philip-davies31See all my reviews

Comedy misfire whose only remnant of any entertainment value is spotting old stalwarts of British cinema and TV - but especially pleasurable is the sight of a very young and gorgeous Julie Christie in her very first appearance: A 'One' for that box-tick.

The poor girl looks far too classy and intelligent throughout to be involved in these direly daft and unfunny proceedings. I suppose she had to accept any old rubbish to get on the ladder that led to super-stardom..

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Release Date:

April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agarra que é ladrão! See more »

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Independent Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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