Post by maninasuitcase on Aug 23, 2016 14:48:01 GMT
George gets second billing after the wonderful Terry-Thomas in this classic late 50s b/w comedy.
George plays the leader of a totally inept gang of crooks who couldn't rob an old grannie of her sweeties. GC comes up with a cunning plan, to rob Terry-Thomas of all his ill gotten gains he keeps in various places other than a bank.
Joining GC in the gang are Sid James (playing a character called Sid ) and Bernard Bresslaw playing a former wrestler with hardly enough brains to blow his own nose. Bresslaw is particularly funny and there is one excellent pratfall that really did get me laughing. Terry-Thomas plays his usual cad with aplomb. It was a role he was born to play in movies. He is very amusing as are all the cast.
Keeping up the 'Carry On' connection we also get Terry Scott as a policeman. The brilliant John Le Mesurier is a judge, Nicholas Parsons is the dreaded taxman and Sydney Tafler (with a corking syrup) is a barrister.
There are some genuine LOL moments in this comedy from an era when the UK film industry was churning out gems like this.
A very witty comedy film this, where a group of hapless thieves do all they can to raise a decent pile of loot. When one of their robberies goes wrong, the group turns their attention to a dodgy risqué businessman called Billy Gordon (played by Terry Thomas). When they unsuccessfuly attempt to break Gordon's safe, the gang believes the only way to get any money out of him is to extort it from him, by kidnapping Gordon's daughter. Unable to plan anything, the hapless crooks see an interesting twist of fate come their way about half way through the film when the kidnap takes what they think is a turn for the worse.
There are a LOT of famous faces in this film working alongside George Cole - Terry Thomas, Sid James, Bernard Bresslaw, Joe Melia, bit parts for Nicholas Parsons, John Le Mesurier, Sam Kydd and Terry Scott plus some very lovely looking ladies too - Delphi Lawrence, Vera Day and Rosalie Ashley.
George Cole is on top form in this film and there are lot of similarities between his character and a young Arthur Daley for me. George Cole uses a variety of different accents in this and a bit of a running theme throughout this is his inability to stay using one regional accent for more than a few sentences, before accidentally slipping into another one! Is he Welsh, Irish or Scottish? Very good fun to watch. There are also a LOT of "Arthurisms" in this, as his character 'Fingers' uses phrases such as "How DARE you?! I've never been so insulted in all my life!" and "after all I've done for you!" - great stuff.
8/10 - Extremely enjoyable film this with very little not to like about it to be honest. The only thing I found a little strange about this film is where the focus lies - to begin with it's all about the exploits of the gang, then Terry Thomas gets a LOT of screentime (probably a bit too much in the courtroom scenes I felt), then it's back to the gang at the end. Like I say though, it's not side-splitting but still extremely enjoyable stuff as the acting on offer here is second to none. Well worthy of checking out if you can get hold of it - the closest to Arthur Daley outside Minder that I've seen from George Cole.
A highly enjoyable film! The cast is great! Not only was the movie entertaining but I finally spotted a "Doctor Who type Police Box" in something other than Doctor Who. For years I've been watching old British TV shows and movies waiting to spot one. It can been seen around the 27 minute when the gang of idiots are in the hearse and encounter the policeman. Spotting the Police Box was a nice bonus and I would have enjoyed the movie just as well with out it.