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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 09:30:16 GMT
C. Newman says:
The film is Loophole starring Martin Sheen

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 09:31:54 GMT
C. Newman says:
The film is "Loophole" starring Martin Sheen. Tina Newman

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 09:38:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2012 09:39:12 GMT
S. Hopwood says:
Hi Tina. Sorry - this is not my film - Loophole was made in 1981 - which is too late and is in colour. The film I'm looking for has a much older feel - probably 50s or 60s and is in black and white. But thanks for the response.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2012 12:47:48 GMT
Molly Brown says:
I haven't read all of the suggestions here, but I do remember your opening question. Has anyone suggested Payroll 1961 (B & W) [DVD] with Michael Craig plus a vast array of well know British B Movie actors. Vaguely sounds like the plot, "A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ahead with the robbery, but when the driver of the armoured van is killed in the raid, his wife plans revenge, and with the police closing in, the gang start to turn on each other." It is apparently unintentionally comic at times according to some reviews. There are quite a few reviews on the DVD link. Otherwise, I'll keep scratching my head. Anything else a bit more specific come to your mind about the story?

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 09:51:37 GMT
S. Hopwood says:
Hi Molly - thank you for your suggestion but its not Payroll. I have a copy of that film and its most definitely not it. Its a good film, but not the one I am looking for. Unfortunately that is all that comes to mind for the film I'm searching for - I've been hunting and searching the internet and racking my brains for the last 10 years for this film, so I know nothing else is going to come to mind. But thank you ....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012 10:06:13 GMT
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Molly Brown says:
Yeah, looking at it again, it's not really like it, good film though. This is bugging me, but the only film that comes anywhere near your synopsis is The Day They Robbed the Bank of England by John Brophy, which was made into a film in 1960, black and white. "Turn-of-the-century Irish patriots plan to overthrow the British government." "D: John Guillermin. Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O'Toole, Hugh Griffith, Kieron Moore, Joseph Tomelty, Albert Sharpe." "IRA members plan to rob the Bank of England in this meticulous caper film." However, it's set in the early 20th Century, and is about the IRA. They have to go through the sewers. This cannot be the one, unless another version was made set in more contemporary times? I think lots of people have mentioned this film. You don't have to respond, as this is not it? There is a clip, but I'm sure you know this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 22:41:01 GMT
thanks brian seen them on amazon will see if I can get them anywhere else a little cheaper

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 11:06:22 GMT
sistermoon says:
It sounds like The Big Job. Sid James wore a black toupee in the flashback scene early on.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 11:11:26 GMT
S. Hopwood says:
Sorry, but its not this film - as I have it and watched it many times. It could be one of a few now mentioned earlier in this thread but ones I cannot get on dvd, so until I manage to see them and find out if it is or not - I'll have to keep looking for now. But thank you for your response.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 11:16:45 GMT
S. Hopwood says:
Hi Molly. The Day they Robbed the Bank of England has been suggested a few times, and it is one that I would like to see to know for sure whether it is or not. It could be for all I know, but I need to get hold of a copy of it on dvd (or tv, if they ever decide to put some of the more rarer old b/w goodies back on the screen) and watch it to know for sure. But thanks for trying ... oh believe me, its been bugging me for so long now, I think I've got to the point of giving up hope of ever finding it now. But thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 02:16:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Mar 2012 02:50:51 GMT
Molly Brown says:
If you check the clip that I linked, plus this one
you'll see that although it is set in early 20th Century, it has an appearance of being set in a later time, despite the settings. Aldo Ray is the star of this film, well known American actor, but one of those actors you recognise, but can never remember his name. Peter O'Toole is only a supporting actor in this film. I always used to get this film mixed up First Great Train Robbery, with Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland. The Aldo Ray film, does imo have a more modern feel to it, perhaps because it's about the IRA. As I say, the plot is exactly as you described in the OP. It has been on TV, but not for a long time. THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND (Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O“Toole) Region 2. Wow it is expensive!! See your point, wouldn't pay that much for any DVD, even if I knew it was the one I wanted. It is available quite cheaply $12.95 on Amazon US site, and there is a pay per view stream only $1.99. Last time I checked, that's about £1.40. You can apparently also download it to your PC. You could always try that, it's easy enough to set up an account on the US site. This is the link to the DVD on US site -
There is also the option of downloading the film $5.95, not sure how this works, as haven't used it yet. Here's the link to that:
Good Luck!!

Just had another look at the TCM site and they are showing it soon:
Next showing on TCM Channel
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England(1960)Wednesday, April 11 @ 04:30 AM

TCM full synopsis @

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 09:25:14 GMT
Could this be an episode from Mysteries of Edgar Wallace ? They were all made around the early 1960's,each episode was a complete story. Coming out on dvd May 2012.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 11:37:32 BDT
J. Holmes says:
Oh my gosh, I also have been searching for this movie for at least 20 years, and like yourself, only have vague recollections, but some memories i have of that film maybe mixed up with memories of another film. but this is what i recall from that and possibly another movie. robbers posing as road workmen use one of those 50/60s road work covers, that are normally red/white to hide going down the manhole/or possible drilling into the road, during this scene also, I think a policeman walks by them, a night scene, and maybe its near or underneath a small stone bridge. Make a hole in the van directly over a manhole same size where they bring the loot in, possibly gold bullion. Also not sure if this is a different film, but their stealing gold bullion from a large vault, the bullion is stacked into a pyramid shape

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 11:51:51 BDT
S. Hopwood says:
It does sound like the same film you are searching for. I have been looking for about 15 years now or more, I saw it in the mid-80s. I don't recall what they were stealing, could have been money, gold or jewels, I just know they were stealing something. I always thought it was a comedy and perhaps the lid of the manhole didn't fit through the hole in the van first time round? Not so sure on that though ... But I distinctly remember the hole in the floor one of those old black type of vans with a grill to the driver, and then all sitting around it looking down to pull up the manhole. That, and that it took a lot of planning beforehand.

Not so sure about the road work covers as I don't recall that in the one I'm looking for but it is used in another film I have called "The Wrong Arm of the Law" (in case that is what you're mixing it with).

So many people know this scene, but can't remember the name - if I do come across the name of the film eventually, I'll post it back here. Course, that will then depend on me getting hold of a copy of it and watching to see if it is the one ...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 12:07:30 BDT
J. Holmes says:
I'm new to posting, so not quite sure what I'm doing, is why the rest of my last post is missing. Could be another mixed up film, but recall the robbers drill directly underneath the stacked pyramid gold to get to it, and they also worked during the day time and near the end are holding up traffic while still racing to finish loading the loot through the manhole. I was only 7-10 years old when I watched this movie in the 70s with my dad so my memories are somewhat vague. But am beginning to think this is not a movie at all but possibly a made for tv series. I know there was a series called something like the bank robbers but I cannot get enough info on what its about. And I also always thought Sid James could possibly be in it but not 100%.

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 12:18:20 BDT
S. Hopwood says:
If you're read your post just from the email (if you are tracking this discussion) it only shows a part of the post. If you click on the link saying "see this post" then all of your post will be visible. If you are read it from the forum, it should be showing all of it - so I would say that some of it got missed out.

I was in my teens watching the film, but I can't recall anything else about it, so my memory is a bit hazy as well. I have wondered over the fruitless years of searching if it is a tv series or a one-off afternoon drama maybe. I don't know if Sid James was in it, but there were so many comedians of the era, that some of them could have been in it that led me to thinking that Sid could also have been in it, but i've searched his films extensively and can't seem to find anything he was in that it might be - unless it was such a bit-part that he wasn't credited ....

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 13:07:37 BDT
J. Holmes says:
Perhaps it has gone the way as dr who, I only discovered last year when i became a dr who-ite that the BBC had wiped/destroyed a vast amount of dr who/other tv reels during, er, not sure which decade actually 60s-80s, for whatever reason. If the film was still in existence surely it would have been shown again at some time, but anyones who has the slightest recollection of it, seem to come from that time frame and no later. Hopefully copies where bought abroad and eventually they will emerge, as seems to be the case with the day they robbed the Bank of England, I was only able to get hold of that as a Spanish import

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 14:16:07 BDT
S. Hopwood says:
It could well have been wiped over - they used to it to a lot of film stock as it was expensive and so re-used it! I hope one day I will find the name and its one of the many thousands and thousands that have never been repeated. I was trying to get hold of myself a copy of "The Day they Robbed the Bang of England" as I had been offered that name as a suggestion for the film I'm looking for - but i guess it doesn't have that scene in it then?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2012 03:28:32 BDT
J. Holmes says:
I Must have skipped past the part about you not having seen the day they robbed the Bank of England. Alas, it's not this film either, plus it is set in the early part of the 20th century, whilst still horse drawn carriage is still in use, so no van in existence yet & no manhole covers. The DVD is available through amazon as Spanish import and is in english. I also have had a list of movies I have been trying to find for years, have found them all now, except this one. Also if you come across these ones - inside out, 11 harrow house, a nightingale sang in Berkeley square, seven thieves, these are not the film you are looking for either. I am also waiting on some other robbery movies waiting to be delivered to me, if any of those hit the mark, I will post back here. Happy hunting

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2012 04:45:58 BDT
J. Holmes says:
see if any of these jog your memory. or
Perhaps they only viewed this in the 80s, but I do now recall authorities checking on the gold bullion whilst the robbery was taking place, but bcos the gold was being stolen from beneath the pyramid, the robbers where not actually in sight. Although I'm still not sure this is the same movie or another 1 I'm getting mixed up with

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 08:40:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2013 08:48:07 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
Apology if others have suggested - it's not A STOLEN FACE (Terence Fisher, 1950s) with Paul Henreid and Lizbeth Scott, is it? Saw it a long time ago, perhaps in the 1970s, so memories a bit woolly! ***Just found someone beat me to it! Not shown a lot, but liked it at the time...

Posted on 14 Jan 2013 21:30:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 22:08:43 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
Does anyone recognise this one? A group of people telling stories in a railway carriage and the train crashes at the end. Have played DEAD OF NIGHT (I know, it's not a railway one), DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS and TRAIN OF EVENTS but no bells ringing! Says it was in b/w tho' can't rule out colour film broadcast before b/w tv or perhaps just shown on a b/w set. Could this be an Amicus anthology? Think all were in colour tho' - perhaps my partner's memory at fault. We also tried THE HALFWAY HOUSE (which I hadn't seen for 30+ years) but that wasn't it either. Was worth seeing again, though, so not in vain...

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 01:35:49 GMT
Hello Robert
No ... it's not "A Stolen Face " but thank you anyway.

Posted on 16 Jan 2013 18:56:17 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
I recall a film (probably an American mystery) on British tv in the early 1970s made around 1950 with a scene in a mental hospital in which a lady repeats the line "Show Mrs Peabody into the library, please"! Thought it might be THE FAT MAN, but have scanned the copy on Youtube with no success. Any ideas? Pretty sure it's not THE SNAKE PIT, either.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2013 22:32:04 GMT
Vlad says:
Hi Bill,

It's available as a Spanish release. Here's a link to it.

Storm Warning (1951) Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day

Hope I was able to help you.
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