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Crooks Anonymous (1962)

Playing a stripper was hardly the most auspicious start to Julie Christie’s career, but she managed to cover herself in some glory in this amiable if unremarkable comedy from Director Ken Annakin.

In an amusing but limited idea, the members of a villains’ self-help group put their individual expertise to collective misuse.

Stanley Baxter and Leslie Phillips ran through their usual party tricks, while Wilfrid Hyde-White, James Robertson Justice and Robertson Hare stole scenes at will.

Annakin and much of the cast would reunite for the marginally better The Fast Lady in the same year.

Dandy Forsdyke
Leslie Phillips
R.S. Widdowes
Stanley Baxter
Montague

Wilfrid Hyde-White
Babette

Julie Christie
Sir Harvey Russelrod
James Robertson Justice
Ronnie

Michael Medwin
Prunella
Pauline Jameson
Jones

Arthur Lovegrove
Wagstaffe

Raymond Huntley
Grimsdale

Robertson Hare
Grogan

Arthur Mullard
Woods

Harry Fowler

Director
Ken Annakin