12 user 4 critic

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)


Learn more

More Like This 

The Fast Lady (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A naive Scotsman buys a vintage sports car and learns to drive in order to impress the daughter of an arrogant aristocrat who despises him.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Leslie Phillips, Julie Christie, James Robertson Justice
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton
Blonde Sinner (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits in a German POW camp find their new acerbic fellow prisoner is a key officer who must be got out at all cost.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter
Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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
Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda de Banzie
All at Sea (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A seasick sea Captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Alec Guinness, Harry Locke, Frederick Piper
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-police/army dog (German Shepherd), named King inherits a fortune from an eccentric millionaire. But someone poisons him for his fortune, and he gets to go back to earth as a human ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Breslow
Stars: Dick Powell, Peggy Dow, Joyce Holden
The Detective (1954)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch
The Green Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden
Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
Double Bunk (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When newlyweds Jack and Peggy face eviction, they are tricked into buying a rundown houseboat. After rebuilding the engine, they take their friends Sid and Sandra on a trip down the river ... See full summary »

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Sidney James
She I (1965)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An Edwardian archaeologist and two companions stumble upon a lost city in East Africa, run by a beautiful queen whose love holds the promise of immortality.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins


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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


No one ever turned on the HEAT and HILARITY Like "Crooks Anonymous" See more »


Comedy | Crime


See all certifications »






Release Date:

April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agarra que é ladrão! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Film debut of Julie Christie. 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.
See more »


I Must Resist Temptation
Music by George Martin and Muir Mathieson
Lyrics by Brian Innes
Sung by Leslie Phillips
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Manderville Hall. No Visitors. Not Even By Appointment!
14 December 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Crooks Anonymous is directed by Ken Annakin and written by Henry Blyth and Jack Davies. It stars Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Julie Christie, James Robertson Justice and Pauline Jameson. Music is by Muir Matheson and George Martin and cinematography by Ernest Steward. Plot finds Phillips as a habitual criminal who is desperately trying to go straight for his gorgeous girlfriend (Christie). He enrols at Crooks Anonymous, a secretive organisation run by Hyde-White that uses interesting tactics to wean their clients off the thieve.

Out of Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors, Crooks Anonymous is the kind of innocuous black and white British comedy that gets in and does its entertaining job without fuss or pointless filler. Cast are most agreeable, the story has the requisite daftness about it, and it's all smiles come the finale. Trick of the narrative is having us the audience be on the side of the thieving bounder, who is wonderfully essayed by the suave Phillips. That he wants to do right by the scrummy Miss Christie (her first year of big screen acting) obviously resonates with the red blooded male members of the audience, but that he is so charming, elegant even when relieving unsuspecting members of the public of their possessions, really has all comers cheering the gentleman cad on! Fun is garnered here from the tactics used by Hyde-White to get Phillips on the straight, methods such as booby trapped safes bring the joy, as does the many guises used by an on form Stanley Baxter. While a flip flop for the Christmas set finale has a delicious ironical flavour to it. There's nothing overtly side-splitting about the film, and definitely there's no raucous-like-screwball histrionics within either, this is just good old enjoyable fare from a production company who had a particularly good track record in the light entertainment department. 7/10

11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed