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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (3-Sep-1960)

Director: John Guillermin

Writers: Howard Clewes; Richard Maibaum

From novel: The Day They Robbed the Bank of England by John Brophy

Music Composed and Conducted by: Edwin Astley

Producer: Jules Buck

Keywords: Crime, Heist

Turn-of-the-century Irish Republican Army rebels enlist the help of an American engineer to assist in a daring plan to steal all of the gold from the Bank of England's basement vaults. Delightful low-budget British caper film, slow at times but with above par acting, including a young Peter O'Toole.

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Aldo Ray   ...   Norgate
Also Starring
Elizabeth Sellars   ...   Iris Muldoon
Peter O'Toole   ...   Fitch
Kieron Moore   ...   Walsh
Albert Sharpe   ...   Tosher
Joseph Tomelty   ...   Cohoun
Wolf Frees   ...   Dr. Hagen
John Le Mesurier   ...   Green
Miles Malleson   ...   Assistant Curator
Colin Gordon   ...   Gamekeeper
Andrew Keir   ...   Sergeant of the Guard
Hugh Griffith   ...   O'Shea


Review by Frank E Gibbard (posted on 1-Jun-2005)

Just watched this on Satellite TCM: a sterling effort by all concerned. Great old British MGM staple. Good acting all round by stalwarts the American star and I think very early Peter O'Toole eclipsing him somewhat in a pivotal if minor role of an indolent officer at the Bank. Terrific cameo by the old Irish actor as the sewer expert to lead the way underground.

Bags of tension during the heist though you know they cannot get away. A bit of a quick denoument though, to my mind a silent exchange of looks and no last words left me unfulfilled but unsurprised as an easy option for the writer. All the same a splendid piece I would thoroughly recommend.

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