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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 »

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... Dandy Forsdyke
Stanley Baxter 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 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
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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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No one ever turned on the HEAT and HILARITY Like "Crooks Anonymous" See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agarra que é ladrão! See more »

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Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Julie Christie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at the Christmas party
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Fun comedy about a fanatic crook in rehab
4 June 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

Why, someone must have thought, isn't there a 'crooks anonymous' as you have an alcoholics anonymous as well? That's the premise of this film, in which 'brother' Forsdyke undergoes the program, to win back the heart of his love, Babette la Verne. Forsdyke is forced to go in rehab, to get the criminal instincts out of his veins. He is tortured by booby trapped safes only to look for a cigarette.

It is a must-see for fans of British comedy, with a lot of 'I saayyy' and 'sport', witty humor, an unrivalled politeness of the characters and, last but not least, almost invisible sexual innuendo ('You'll get my Christmas present later', says a man when hasty leaving after a kiss).

I enjoyed it a lot, thanks to decent comedic acting of Leslie Philips, Wilfird Hyde-White and Stanley Baxter (in a fitting part in which he changes his outfit all the time, as a predecessor of his own TV show that started a year later). Perhaps only Julie Christie, in her first serious role, is a bit of a dissonance. But she would be great in Fahrenheit 451 a couple of years later.

Director Ken Annakin made all kinds of films (The Battle of the Bulge, for example), but was really into silly adventure comedies with rather long titles, like Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes and Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies, all scripts from Jack Davies, as is also this one. Of course, it is all a bit dated now and then, but sometimes I wonder why this kind of innocent comedy has just died out in this day and age. It is almost impossible nowadays to see a film that is not either totally ludicrous, or over-dramatic. That's why we have this problem today that so many comedies are packed with boring melodrama. Not this one though!


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