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The Cracksman (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 17 September 1964 (Hungary)
A short, kind, very innocent and efficient locksmith is cheated by a burglar in order to rob a car and to open a safe strongbox. The police catch him and is sent to jail. Once there, some ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Graham Scott

Writers:

Lew Schwarz (screenplay), Charlie Drake (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Drake ... Ernest Wright
George Sanders ... The Guv'nor
Dennis Price ... Grantley
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Muriel
Eddie Byrne ... Johnny Domino
Finlay Currie ... Feathers
Percy Herbert ... Nosher
Geoffrey Keen ... Magistrate
George A. Cooper ... Fred
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Mr. King
Patrick Cargill ... Museum Guide
Norman Bird ... Policeman
Neil McCarthy ... Van Gogh
Jack Rodney Jack Rodney ... Tojo
Ronnie Barker ... Yossle
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A short, kind, very innocent and efficient locksmith is cheated by a burglar in order to rob a car and to open a safe strongbox. The police catch him and is sent to jail. Once there, some gangsters gain his friendship to cheat him again and to help them escape. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Certificate:

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Trivia

Although second=billed, George Sanders has only around twenty minutes screen time. See more »

Goofs

During the fight at the end of the film, in a long shot just before the guillotine chops off the toes of Ernest's shoes, The Guv'nor (George Sanders) can be seen wrapped in the model snake BEFORE it is shown happening during the fight. See more »

Quotes

[Ernest tries to console Sandra after she tearfully tells him her story about the parcel in the safe]
Sandra: I can't think why I'm telling you all this. You're a complete stranger.
Ernest Wright: That's all right. Sometimes it does you good to get a thing like that off your ch...
[being short, Ernest is roughly at the level of Sandra's breasts and he can't help looking at them]
Ernest Wright: ...off your mind.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE CREED OF A LOCKSMITH

A Locksmith always remembers his public trust; that with him rests the security of property and fortune. As a public guardian he places trust and honour above temptation. His honesty is incorruptible. He is an artiste at his trade and the symbol of skill and integrity to the world. See more »

Connections

References The Concrete Jungle (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Apache Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach
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A dry funny farce
28 September 2002 | by lawlibrarianSee all my reviews

The honest locksmith duped by the crooks only sees the light when he has to open the Tower of London. The cannonball & Bobby are a hoot.

This is an underrated little gem of a film. As long as you like the Pre-Python dry Brit farces.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1964 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Kein Schloß ist vor ihm sicher See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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