The League Of Gentlemen. Copyright: Rank Organisation.

The League Of Gentlemen

1960 British comedy film about an audacious robbery. Stars Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes and others.

The League Of Gentlemen. Image shows from L to R: Captain Porthill (Bryan Forbes), 'Padre' Mycroft (Roger Livesey), Lieutenant Edward Lexy (Richard Attenborough), Major Peter Graham Race (Nigel Patrick), John George Norman Hyde (Jack Hawkins), Friend Stevens (Kieron Moore), Captain Weaver (Norman Bird), Major Rupert Smith (Terence Alexander). Copyright: Rank Organisation.

The League Of Gentlemen

Comic crime caper about an audacious robbery plotted and executed by a group of former military men

Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore, Robert Coote, Terence Alexander and others
John Boland and Bryan Forbes
Basil Dearden
Michael Relph

In the prime of middle age and unceremoniously redundant after 25 years' faithful service to the military, Colonel Hyde feels understandably peeved. But reading an American crime novel gives him inspiration for an audacious bank robbery: executed with military precision, the first of its kind in Britain.

Using his last days at work to scour archives for suitable candidates, he assembles a crack team of seven similarly embittered, or just plain bankrupt, former military men - each expert in his own field, from radio communications to explosives.

After more than a year's meticulous planning, Hyde assembles the misfit group of strangers and asks their assistance. More than a million pounds could be up for grabs: a guaranteed minimum of £100,000 each. Each man has been trained at considerable taxpayer expense with exquisite discipline and craft.

If they agree to join him, this could just be the perfect crime.

Production Details

UK certificate
114 minutes
Release date
April 1960
November and December 1959

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Wednesday 29th September 2021 at 11:00am on Film4

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