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Big Job, The

It’s a corker! With Gerald Thomas directing, Peter Rogers producing, Eric Rogers scoring and Talbot Rothwell writing, this is like an early Carry On, except you don’t already know all the dialogue off by heart. Sid James, Dick Emery and Lance Percival rob a bank, stash the loot, then come back years later to find a police station built on top of it. Making the best of a bad job, they plan to tunnel into the place from the vantage point of Joan Sims’ nearby guest house. A half-inched coin-operated seaside telescope proves an expensive surveillance device, Jim Dale is their co-habiting copper foil, Deryck Guyler – natch – his superior. Hilarity ensues, with Sylvia Syms and Frank Thornton.

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