The Big Job. George 'The Great Brain' (Sid James). Image credit: Anglo Amalgamated.

The Big Job

After their release, an inept gang of bank robbers attempt to recover the proceeds of the Big Job that got them 15 years

AKA:
What A Carry On: The Big Job
Genre:
Film
Released:
1965
Starring:
Sid James, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Lance Percival, Jim Dale, Edina Ronay, Deryck Guyler, Reginald Beckwith, Michael Ward, Brian Rawlinson
Writers:
Talbot Rothwell, John Antrobus
Production:
Anglo Amalgamated

Sid James, Lance Percival and Dick Emery star as a gang of unarmed bank robbers. Following a botched getaway, they are caught by the police and sentenced to 15 years manual labour - but not before George 'The Great' Brain stashes the 50,000 haul in the hollow of a tree trunk.

Upon their release they set out to recover the cash, but find that a new town, Oldfield, has been built in the middle of the countryside, and that the hollow tree is now right in the middle of a police station's yard!

Our Review: Starring the likes of Sid James, Jim Dale and Joan Sims, with direction from Gerald Thomas, music by Eric Rogers, a script from the pen of Talbot Rothwell and produced by Peter Rogers, this comic caper should probably be classed a 'lost' Carry On film; indeed, so close is its link to the series that its original UK-VHS release was titled What A Carry On: The Big Job.

Whilst it may not be laden with the farcical setups or double-entendre of the average Rothwell Carry On, The Big Job is a great film for lovers of classic British comedy. Very much from the Ealing-esque stable, it is a joyous romp with plenty of laughs and much fun to be had by all.