It's Not Cricket. Image shows from L to R: Major Bright (Basil Radford), Primrose Brown (Susan Shaw), Captain Early (Naunton Wayne). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited.

It's Not Cricket (1949)

It's Not Cricket. Image shows from L to R: Otto Fisch (Maurice Denham), Gerald Lawson (Nigel Buchanan). Copyright: Gainsborough Pictures 1928 Limited.

It's Not Cricket

Kicked out of the military, a pair of twits establish their own private detective firm and unwittingly find a stolen diamond

Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Susan Shaw, Maurice Denham, Nigel Buchanan, Alan Wheatley, Jane Carr, Patrick Waddington and others
Lyn Lockwood and Bernard McNabb
Alfred Roome and Roy Rich
Betty E. Box

The war has ended and the Nazis have been defeated. But Europe remains in ruins, and for the British military still stationed on the continent overseeing clean-up operations, life is tougher. Tougher still when a notorious Nazi, Otto Fisch, escapes prison.

Army pals Major Bright and Captain Early fall prey to this master of disguise and fluent English-speaker when returning to England on leave. But they only get as far as Folkestone before a more senior officer recognises their new batman's real identity! It's not long before the pair are demobbed for allowing him to slip into the country freely: they are supposedly in intelligence, after all!

Back in London, Bright and Early set about finding new civilian occupations for themselves, and resolve on establishing their own private detective agency. Having found a famous actress's missing dog, it's not long before the disastrous duo are unwittingly on the trail of Fisch once more - and now he's got a stolen diamond to conceal.

Production Details

UK certificate
74 minutes
Release date
Production company
Black and white
Music composed by Arthur Wilkinson and played by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 3:30pm on London Live

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