Too Many Crooks. Image shows from L to R: Snowdrop (Bernard Bresslaw), Sid (Sid James), Fingers (George Cole), Whisper (Joe Melia), Charmaine (Vera Day). Copyright: Rank Organisation / ITV.

Too Many Crooks

1959 British comedy film about a kidnapping. Stars Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw, Sid James and others.

Too Many Crooks. Image shows from L to R: Beryl, the Secretary (Delphi Lawrence), Billy Gordon (Terry-Thomas), Fingers (George Cole). Copyright: Rank Organisation / ITV.

Too Many Crooks

Film about a gang of crooks who bungle every robbery they attempt so decide to try their hand at kidnapping instead

Genre
Film
Released
1959
Starring
Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw, Sid James, Vera Day, Delphi Lawrence, John Le Mesurier and others
Writer
Michael Pertwee
Director
Mario Zampi
Producer
Mario Zampi

A rag-tag gang of crooks - Fingers, Sid, Charmaine, Snowdrop and Whisper - have botched yet another job. Current leader Fingers is thoroughly incompetent, but convinces his compadres to trust him with one more plan: rob a millionaire. He's known to be distrusting of banks, if not fiddling his taxes, so it's a simple office robbery rather than a bank job to relieve him of his fortune.

Predictably, however, their plan falls apart when their target - Billy Gordon - proves to be in his office late, romancing his secretary, and manages once more to illustrate Fingers's fecklessness. But all is not lost for the quintet, as they have gained vital information about Gordon and his beloved daughter, Angela. Now they have kidnap and ransom in mind!

Descending upon the Gordon family house in the dead of night, the team successfully put their daring plot into action. Alas, having made their getaway, it is not for a number of hours that they realise they have in fact bundled out the middle-aged wife that Billy is only too happy to do without!

Production Details

Release date
Sunday 8th March 1959
Distributor

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 10th June 2019 at 3:05pm on TPTV

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