Make Mine Mink. Major Rayne (Terry-Thomas).

Make Mine Mink

1960 British comedy film about a group of hobbyist crooks. Stars Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw, Jack Hedley and others.

Make Mine Mink. Image shows from L to R: Nanette Parry (Hattie Jacques), Major Rayne (Terry-Thomas), Elizabeth 'Pinkie' Pinkerton (Elspeth Duxbury).

Make Mine Mink

Comedy about a genteel, middle class group of misfits who become hobbyist thieves in aid of charity

Peter Coke
Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw, Jack Hedley, Raymond Huntley, Irene Handl, Sydney Tafler and others
Michael Pertwee
Bob Asher
Hugh Stewart

Elderly Dame Beatrice has somehow ended up running a genteel boarding house from her plush Kensington flat. Assisted by her reformed ex-con maid, Lily, she plays host to Major Rayne, who's been directionless since the end of the War; Miss Parry, an etiquette teacher with too few clients; and the slightly dotty, nervous Miss Pinkerton.

One day overhearing an argument between a couple in a neighbouring flat in which an expensive mink coat is thrown out, Lily picks it up and presents it to Dame Beatrice as a gift, thanking her for her continued trust and chances to reform herself after her time in prison. But the others are worried that, should their neighbours, the Spanagers, decide they want the coat after all, she could be liable for theft. There's only one solution: return it before they notice it's been taken.

Concocting a ruse to distract the quarrelling husband and wife whilst the coat is returned, the flatmates, to their surprise, find they have enjoyed the task and found some level of fulfilment in their respective roles - even though the operation doesn't go entirely to plan!

Otherwise existing rather aimlessly, why, the group wonder, can't they put their new-found abilities to use and steal mink coats rather than returning them? Dame Beatrice is keen to keep donating to a nearby orphanage, so selling the goods on can prove only beneficial...

Production Details

UK certificate
101 minutes
Release date
Tuesday 9th August 1960

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 9:25am on TPTV

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