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The Primitives (1962)

A group of entertainers supplement their income by being international jewel thieves.


Alfred Travers


Moris Farhi (screenplay), Alfred Travers (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Jan Holden ... Cheta
Bill Edwards ... Peter
George Mikell George Mikell ... Claude
Derek Ware Derek Ware ... Philip
Rio Fanning Rio Fanning ... John Turner
Terence Fallon Terence Fallon ... Det. Sergeant Bob Henry
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes ... Det. Inspector A.W. 'Bert' Wills
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Det. Sergeant Harry Smith
George Roderick ... Jeweller
John Barrard ... Honeydew
Carole Turner Carole Turner ... Gwyneth Jones, Receptionist
John Junkin ... Arthur
Howard Greene Howard Greene ... Porter (as Howard Green)
Barry Jackson ... Messenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Dryden Ken Dryden ... Self on the Flute


A group of entertainers supplement their income by being international jewel thieves.

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Sgt. Bob Henry: Harry
Det.Sgt.Smith: Yeah?
Sgt. Bob Henry: Where's the chief?
Det.Sgt.Smith: He's gone to Scotland
Sgt. Bob Henry: Scotland?
Det.Sgt.Smith: Yeah
Sgt. Bob Henry: What for?
Det.Sgt.Smith: A suspected murder case. They want his opinion about whether it's murder or suicide.
Sgt. Bob Henry: Whereabouts in Scotland?
Det.Sgt.Smith: Glasgow. Is it important? I've got a number you can get him at if you want to.
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The Primitives
Composed by Edmundo Ros
Featuring Ken Dryden on the flute
Accompanied by Edmundo Ros Orchestra (as The Edmundo Ros Orchestra)
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Night club entertainers moonlight as heist specialists.
28 April 2005 | by zippgunSee all my reviews

A group of night club musicians,featuring an exotic dancer,commit jewel robberies,wherever they perform.

THE PRIMITIVES is one of the many routine minor second feature crime movies churned out in the UK in the late 50's and early 60's.This one is a little unusual,firstly in the occupations of the crooks,and secondly in showing a woman as the gang boss(not very common at the period,or now come to that).She is played by talented Jan Holden,an actress with an uncommon and striking sort of beauty,in a rare leading role(Miss Holden is clearly not the masked exotic dancer we see performing in the Primitives stage act).Lighter in tone,and with less overt violence than was common in these sort of movies,THE PRIMITIVES lacks any real thrills or dramatic tension.Jan Holden excepted,the cast mostly act without much enthusiasm. Some(like me)quite enjoy watching this kind of low budget movie,as they preserve an early sixties Britain we remember with affection.

One odd point is that Jan Holden,leader of the Primitives,uncannily resembles Tracy Cattell,lead singer of British 80's pop band-the Primitives!

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Release Date:

October 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

In Soho sind die Nächte heiß See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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