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Too Many Crooks

Some embryonic George Cole in this very classy Ealing crime caper. The Putative Arfur and his bungling gang – including Bernard Bresslaw and Sid James – go after aristocratic gun runner Terry-Thomas’s millions, with chaotic results. Treasures galore – the stylishly filmed opening ram-raid (bungled, of course), an ace bit of interplay with Thomas up before the beak (John Le Mesurier, naturally), and a climactic hearse chase (don’t cf. the film of That’s Your Funeral, please) plus Nicholas Parsons, Terry Scott, Joe Melia and Sam ‘Orlando’ Kydd in a plot more than a little reminiscent of ’80s crapcom Ruthless People.

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