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Too Many Crooks (1959)

A gang of incompetent crooks (George Cole, Sid James and Bernard Bresslaw) unsuccessfully attempt to rob a tight-fisted millionaire (Terry-Thomas) and decide to kidnap his daughter instead, only to end up with his wife Lucy.

Terry-Thomas gives a priceless performance as the wheeler-dealer unconcerned whether he sees abducted wife Brenda de Banzie ever again, and George Cole, Sid James and the gang ooze “cor blimey” criminality.

The cast is a Who’s Who of British comedy and the script by Michael Pertwee is based on a devilish premise. But the picture never really lives up to its billing, largely due to the less-than-inspired direction of Italian exile Mario Zampi.

Billy Gordon
Terry-Thomas
Fingers
George Cole
Lucy Gordon
Brenda De Banzie
Snowdrop
Bernard Bresslaw
Sid
Sidney James
Whisper
Joe Melia
Charmaine
Vera Day
Beryl
Delphi Lawrence
Magistrate
John Le Mesurier
Angela
Rosalie Ashley
Tommy Weston
Nicholas Parsons
Police Constable James Smith
Terry Scott
Gordon’s mother
Edie Martin
Inspector Jensen
John Stuart

Director
Mario Zampi