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Early 1960s British comedy about a gang of bumbling bank robbers. Inept crooks Bernard (Dave King), Harry (Daniel Massey) and Alfie (Norman Rossington) find their latest getaway plans scuppered when they get stuck in traffic due to a passing fire engine. Realising the benefits to be had by using a fire engine as their getaway vehicle, the trio quickly set about trying to source one. But when the fateful day of the robbery finally dawns, the gang's best laid plans quickly begin to unravel when they're mistaken for real firemen and diverted to a fire.
Bernard, Harry and Alfie are three charming but unsuccessful crooks who smash and grab tactics rarely come off. On their way for another stint behind bars they see the traffic part for an on call fire engine and hatch a new plan. Upon their release they set out to acquire a fire engine to use as the perfect getaway vehicle on a jewelry robbery. But when they are mistaken for real firemen their plan slowly begins to unravel. When Harry gets scared by the appearance of the police he accidentally runs into a dress salons changing room. He meets the beautiful Chantal who might just hold the key to finally pulling off a successful heist.
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It's a gentle, typically British comedy concerning a trio of bumbling, likeable crooks who decide to use a fire engine as their perfect get away vehicle! Sounds completely daft I know, but it somehow seems plausible in the context of this story. A great cast is featured with a host of familiar faces, Robert Morley, Daniel Massey, Dennis Price, Norman Rossington, and a very young Maggie Smith. Derek Nimmo appears amusingly in a cameo role as an agitated young man whose flat has been flooded and who foolishly enlists the aid of our heroes to pump out the water! Coral Browne is her usual camp self as the proprietress of an ailing fashion house which ultimately serves as a base for the bank robbery.
The film also has some very interesting London location filming, showing both the Hammersmith Flyover and the Barbican estate during the course of construction, and the period touch I always like to see, trolleybus wires over the streets in the opening scenes! Many of the exterior shots were obviously filmed on a large studio set, which I'm pretty sure was the same one used for Cliff Richard's "The Young Ones" made the same year. It looked very familiar to me.
I can't really recall any other comedy having this theme, apart from Will Hay's 1939 "Where's that fire?", not on DVD unfortunately. Another film I can recommend without reservation, 100% entertaining and nostalgia for all of us of the very highest quality.
After a failed smash and grab on a jewellery shop, three crooks, played by Dave King, Norman Rossington and Daniel Massey, are sent to prison. Whilst on the way, in a black maria, they realize everything stops for a fire engine, after a traffic jam builds up to let a fire engine through. After their release, They promptly set about 'acquiring' one, and start planning their perfect robbery.
This is British comedy at it's best, and portrays the early sixties well, with lots of the film being shot on real locations outdoors.
I bought this film with a little trepidation, in the fact that Amazon's product description describes the ratio as being 1.85:1, I already knew that this film was filmed in 2.35:1. Fear not, the film has been transferred in it's correct ratio, so ignore the Amazon review, it's wrong.
Picture Quality is also good. It was filmed in colour, and the colours are good.
Overall, no complaints about this film. Buy this film and you won't be disappointed.
Enjoy this film for what it is, British comedy at it's best.
The soundtrack is in it's original mono.
So when I saw it was now on dvd I just had to buy a copy, and yes it is still very funny if a little dated now but I certainly enjoyed watching it again after all these years. Well worth a watch.
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