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on 11 November 2012
This is a great crime caper,and very much like the other Ealing Films,so if you like The Titfield Thunderbolt,Passport To Pimlico,and the other Ealing greats,i feel sure ,that this will please you.There is a great cast,Alec Guiness is overseeing the movement of Gold Bars,by van,he meets Stanley Holloway ,who plays a man that makes Eiffel Towers,and sends them to France.They hatch a plan,and steal gold bars,melt them down,and cast them as the Eiffel Towers.This gets the gold out of the Country,but,of course,it goes wrong,the gold ones get sold to tourists by a missunderstanding.There is some chasing around the Eiffel Tower,to get the gold back,(the mix up comes due to a similar sounding leter,R,and the Frence interpetration,gold R marked crates got sold).The action goes back to Blighty,and ends with a chase.The 2 stars end up stealing a Police Car,and a Policeman flags them down,for a lift,he stands on the runing board,and hangs onto the car.Not just a great Film,but a Social Document,can you imagine that today,hanging on to a moving car?There would be a risk assesment,high vis. waistcoats too.The Cop hears a radio message,and the villans get found out.Stanley Holloway gets caught,Alec Guiness escapes,he then spends time abroad,having parties,somewhere in the sun,i do not think a Country is mentioned.The Law then catches up with him,of course,the baddies never win in the old Films.I don`t know if this was Law,or just an unwritten Law.So a great tale,people like Sid James,in the smaller parts,and History for younger people to see.
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on 3 January 2013
In many ways perfect gentle entertainment. Not many belly laughs but you find yourself smiling healthily throughout. There are great moments of course - the parodic film noir language ironically voiced by the genteel Edwardian-style landlady; the singing Welsh policeman; Guinness's little asides. All done in about 80 minutes. The most affecting thing is the post-war London scenery - bomb sites behind boards. Not quite The Ladykillers but not far behind.
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on 7 October 2013
Saw it many years ago and always remembered the bomb sites in London, and, of course the great interaction between Guiness and Holloway. Actually made before I was born. Unlike some films I'm sure I will watch it many times.
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on 13 March 2013
what a lovely film only downside is that I remember and prefer the black and white version . All the cast are top notch with a special mention of Hubert Lomm who passed away recently. A great film.
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on 18 January 2015
they don't make them like this anymore,we just don't have this calibre actors around,but that is what makes these films so endearing & timeless.a very smart film with brilliant actors,love it
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on 3 October 2013
it just a good funny film, pity about the ending, so what can I say, it was very good. ok
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on 26 May 2015
Yes it was a very good film enjoyed it would recommend
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on 10 July 2014
Bought as a present but we both enjoyed it.
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on 14 May 2013
As a fan of these type of films have bits of this film on tv thought I would buy it and watch from start to finish, enjoyed every bit of it
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on 26 December 2015
Just what I wanted
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