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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)


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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

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From the Makers of the "CARRY ON" Series See more »


Comedy | Crime


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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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.
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I Must Resist Temptation
Music by George Martin and Muir Mathieson
Lyrics by Brian Innes
Sung by Leslie Phillips
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Going Straight
17 April 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Crooks Anonymous certainly has a refreshing story that elevates it from being a sub par Carry On type comedy.

Captain Forsdyke (Leslie Phillips) is a career criminal always tempted by pickpocketing and safecracking. His real name is Cox and never even seen real service. His girlfriend Babette (Julie Christie) a showgirl wants him to go straight.

Babette comes across a group called Crooks Anonymous, founded by Mr Montague (Wilfrid Hyde-White) they help hardened criminals go straight.

Forsdyke is taken by Brother Widdowes (Stanley Baxter) during a robbery when he is disguised as a policeman and taken to the Crooks Anonymous headquarters. Forsdyke admits to Montague that he wants to give up the life of crime and marry Babette.

During his time the society puts him through numerous tests to help him give up his former life such as locking him in a room filled with safes, which contain cigarettes, food, drink and a number of booby traps which make opening them hazardous.

Forsdyke finally manages to succeed in being resisting temptation to an opportunistic crime and is released into society where he gets a job as Father Christmas in a department store. He is also set to marry Babette.

However one night a perfect opportunity to commit a crime arises, he rings Crooks Anonymous, but each time they send someone round to rescue him, they also succumb to temptation.

The film has some 1960s Swinging London tropes, such as Christie as the glamorous blonde but what it has going is a sly story of villains made to go straight told with charm. Stanley Baxter has a hoot donning various disguises as he outwits Forsdyke at every turn. There are a host of familiar character actors that were a staple of 1960s British cinema, catch Dick Emery early on in the movie.

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