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Only When I Larf (1968)

A master conman leads a pair of British accomplices on an international adventure of highly profitable dirty tricks.


Basil Dearden


John Salmon (script), Patrick Tilley (additional material) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Silas
David Hemmings ... Bob
Alexandra Stewart ... Liz
Nicholas Pennell Nicholas Pennell ... Spencer
Melissa Stribling ... Diana
Terence Alexander ... Gee Gee Gray
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Awana
Gaston Chikhani Gaston Chikhani
Clifton Jones ... General Sakut
Calvin Lockhart ... Ali Lin
Brian Grellis Brian Grellis ... Spider
David Healy ... Jones
Alan Gifford ... Poster


A master conman leads a pair of British accomplices on an international adventure of highly profitable dirty tricks.

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These Three Do Everything Together! Everything across three continents...as they get away with every job they pull...almost!


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Jerome Epstein worked as a producer during pre-production, but left the project over disagreements. See more »


When they go to the bank the calendar by the teller says 23 October , but the check says 27-8-1968. The possible cause of this is that the check was already made out and then there was a two month delay in filming the scene. See more »


Silas: [exhausted after futilely chasing after Liz, who has double-crossed him and Bob] Oh! My side!
Bob: I hope it bloody hurts.
Silas: [last line of film] Only when I laugh...
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Only When I Larf
Written by Ron Grainer
Recorded by Whistling Jack Smith
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Glossy Tongue-in-Cheek Comedy with Catchy Theme Tune
25 January 2003 | by chrisdl_heathSee all my reviews

This is a glossy tongue-in-cheek tale of two conmen and their girlfriend accomplice constantly trying to keep one step a head of the game with mixed success.

A love-triangle develops as the young protege tries to take over from his old mentor and to steal his girlfriend to boot. Needless to say, their feuding only complicates things and leads to a good twist at the end.

The good-natured direction is upbeat and enthusiastic, the acting is accomplished right down to the supporting cast and the theme tune by Ron Grainer is catchy and interspersed by pleasant incidental scores. This movie is well worth viewing should you be lucky enough to find it on tv one afternoon.

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23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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