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The Hornet's Nest (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | May 1955 (UK)
In this comedy adventure, a jewel theif hides his latest goods in a deserted barge, but ends up in jail. Two young models then buy the barge, and with the help of two little old ladies, find them and claim the reward.

Director:

Charles Saunders

Writers:

Allan MacKinnon (screenplay), John Roddick (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Bob Bartlett
June Thorburn ... Pat
Marla Landi ... Terry Savarese
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Mr. Arnold
Charles Farrell ... Posh Peterson
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... Alfie
Christine Silver Christine Silver ... Becky Crumb
Nora Nicholson ... Rachael Crumb
Christopher Steele Christopher Steele ... Vicar
Jan Holden ... Miss Wentworth
Ronnie Stevens ... Bill, the Photographer
Max Brimmell Max Brimmell ... Staines
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Martin
Wilfred Fletcher Wilfred Fletcher ... Woolgar
Trevor Reid Trevor Reid ... Detective Sergeant Filson
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In this comedy adventure, a jewel theif hides his latest goods in a deserted barge, but ends up in jail. Two young models then buy the barge, and with the help of two little old ladies, find them and claim the reward.

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barge | model | criminal | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Goofs

The "SOS" logo painted on the back of Bob's jacket changes from worn to solid to worn again at various points in the film. See more »

Quotes

Alfie: Suppose they aren't honest?
Posh Peterson: Of course they're honest! It's only honest people what's forced to live on barges.
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Crime caper comedy is trivial stuff...
21 May 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

...but sufficiently amusing if you like British comedies from the '50s.

A thief hides his loot in an old barge while two nosy old ladies watch from their window. Plot complications ensue when he tries to retrieve the loot later on in the West-End section of London. The bungled attempts of the burglars provide mild amusement.

The story also includes a junk dealer who arranges for two girls to rent the barge when they're looking for an apartment to share. What they don't know is that the loot (twenty-thousand pounds worth of jewelry) is hidden beneath the floor boards on the barge.

It's played in good farcical fashion and the laughs are deserved because they're not hammered home as they sometimes are in these kind of British comedies. The players are all unfamiliar to me, but they do well to sustain the frantic pace of the slim story.

Summing up: Nothing special, but guaranteed to amuse.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1955 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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