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Little Cigars (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | June 1973 (USA)
A gangster's former mistress hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Tompkins ... Cleo
Billy Curtis ... Slick Bender
Jerry Maren ... Cadillac
Frank Delfino Frank Delfino ... Monty
Felix Silla ... Frankie
Emory Souza Emory Souza ... Hugo
Joe De Santis ... Travers
Jon Cedar ... Faust
Philip Kenneally ... Ganz
Barbara Rhoades ... Helen (as Barbara Rhodes)
Michael Pataki ... Garage Mechanic
Todd Susman ... Buzz
Rayford Barnes ... Gus
Walter Beakel Walter Beakel ... Lt. Garrett
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict ... 1st Cop


A gangster's former mistress hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.

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...are hazardous to your health!


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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This was the first film that Albert Band produced in the States after his Italy run. See more »


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Strange, Fun Little Film
12 December 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A gangster's former mistress (Angel Tompkins) hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.

From producer Albert Band comes this very strange version of a gangster and/or heist film, with the criminals being midgets. That alone seems to be the selling point, and strangely enough it works. Angel Tompkins was hired on by Larry Gordon, and first-time director Chris Christenberry was a fan of hers and encouraged it. Band, oddly, seems to have been primarily the money, though he did help Gordon with casting.

I liked the attempt to give a nod to other, better films, especially the nice reference to "Dillinger" on the marquee. (I believe they were made by the same production company, but that might not be true.) And, lastly, I love how it dances around the R rating. Although there is the constant reference to sex and nudity -- and even gang rape at one point -- they never actually show anything and the language is relatively clean. So, it earns a PG despite clearly being an R-level film.

Tompkins recalls Christenberry having an alcohol problem on set, at one point almost falling off the crane. She also recalls having to teach the little people how to wash their hair, an act that earned her the unofficial title "Miss Little People". For the next thirty years, little people would approach her and thank her for making them feel normal.

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Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Cigars Mob See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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