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Sophie's Place ()

Crooks and Coronets (original title)
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Two crooks are hired to rob an eccentric old lady's estate, but once they get to know her, they can't bring themselves to do it.

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Herbie Haseler
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Lady Sophie Fitzmore
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Marty Miller
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Nick Marco
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Frank Finley
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Lord Freddie Fitzmore
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Mabel
Vickery Turner ...
Annie
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Perce
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Cyril
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Hubbard
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Tim Reilly
Leslie Dwyer ...
Henry
Will Leighton ...
Bowers
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Basil
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Jack
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Bellows
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Policeman
Joan Crane ...
Sally
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ...
Sophie's Place Patron (uncredited)
Paul Beradi ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Casino Security (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
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Man at Airport (uncredited)
Royston Farrell ...
UK Heavy (uncredited)
Olga Linden ...
Barbara (uncredited)
Edward Malin ...
2nd Old Man (uncredited)
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1st Old Man (uncredited)
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Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ...
Casino Security (uncredited)
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Visitor to Stately Home (uncredited)
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Tourist at Greyfriars House (uncredited)
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Tourist at Greyfriars House (uncredited)
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Lion (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jim O'Connolly

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Herman Cohen ... producer
Clifford Parkes ... associate producer

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John Scott ... (as Patrick John Scott)

Cinematography by

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Desmond Dickinson

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Martin Charles

Editorial Department

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Barbara Cohen ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ronnie Heller ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

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Maude Spector

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Alex Vetchinsky

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Ron Beck

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Alan Brownie ... makeup artist
Anne McFadyen ... hair stylist

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Bryan Coates ... production manager

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Christopher Dryhurst ... assistant director
Richard Dobson ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Malcolm Stamp ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Freda Pearson ... set dresser
John Allett ... props (uncredited)
Craig Ferguson ... stagehand (uncredited)
Dave Fowle ... chargehand painter (uncredited)
Bert Fraser ... props (uncredited)
John Hemmington ... props (uncredited)
Brian Herbert ... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Hills ... stagehand (uncredited)
Les Howell ... rigger (uncredited)
Dennis Maddison ... production buyer (uncredited)
Peter Maloney ... carpenter (uncredited)
Gordon Moore ... chargehand carpenter (uncredited)
Bert Nicholson ... carpenter (uncredited)
Tom Raeburn ... chargehand props (uncredited)
John Slocombe ... painter (uncredited)
George Southall ... stagehand (uncredited)
Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)

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Mike Le Mare ... sound editor
Sid Squires ... sound mixer
Laurie Barnett ... boom operator (uncredited)
Richard Daniels ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Robin Lindeman ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
David Softley ... assistant dubbing editor (uncredited)

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Norman Jones ... camera operator
Jim Alloway ... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Bremner ... generator driver (uncredited)
Nobby Cross ... gaffer (uncredited)
Seamus O'Kane ... electrician (uncredited)
Barrie Payne ... still photographer (uncredited)
Terry Pearce ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Roy Rodhouse ... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Sutton ... grip (uncredited)
Glen Thorn ... electrician (uncredited)
George White ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cindy Bishop ... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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John Scott ... conductor (as Patrick John Scott) / orchestrator (as Patrick John Scott)

Script and Continuity Department

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Gladys Goldsmith ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Brian Brockwell ... production accountant
Laney ... title sketches
Susan Budd ... producer's secretary (uncredited)
Vicki Deason ... production secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer ... animal supervisor: Gental Jungle (uncredited)
Frank Law ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Vickers Staniforth ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Recently paroled convicts Herbie Haseler and Marty Miller are broke and go to New York to get funding for a planned heist from crime boss Nick Marco. Nick is tired of these two idiots who bungled their last caper and Nick is reluctant to finance Herbie and Marty again. Besides, the duo still owes ten thousand dollars compounded over the 5 years at 100% to Nick for bankrolling the armored car heist that went wrong, sending Herbie and Marty to prison. However, Herbie has been in charge of the prison library and has studied a lot. He convinces Nick to finance one more caper, this time in England, where many rich lords live in opulent mansions. These English mansions house many treasures, including fine art, priceless paintings, antiquities and more. Although skeptical, New York mob boss Nick Marco reluctantly agrees to send Herbie and Marty to England to add some rare paintings to his collection. Nick also gets in touch with his mob contacts in the UK to assist Herbie and Marty. The contact is Frank Finley, the London mob boss who owns most of the London casinos. The target is the large English countryside estate of elderly Lady Sophie Fitzmore who lives with her loyal nephew Freddie Fritzmore. When the crooks get on site the caper doesn't go as planned. Written by nufs68

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Taglines The caper could get $5,000,000. All these American hoods had to do was knock off the nice old lady in World War I flying garb, the eccentric gentleman with the crossbow and the man-eating lion. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sophie's Place (United States)
  • The Crooks: El gran golpe (Spain)
  • Assalto Quase Imperfeito (Brazil)
  • Šlechtici a podvodníci (Czechoslovakia)
  • Escroci si coronite (Romania)
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Trivia Herbie gets picked up from prison at the beginning of the film in a 1968 Chrysler Imperial Crown. MSRP was $5,654 (over $42,500 in 2019). In top condition in 2019 this car could fetch about $30,000. See more »
Goofs After the row of cars back up to let Corbett in the front car the cars collide but when they move on the are clearly apart. See more »
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