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There Was a Crooked Man (1960)

| Comedy | June 1962 (USA)
When a law-abiding demolition expert is duped by a gang of criminals into helping them he is caught and jailed. When he is released he goes straight and then notices a leading citizen in ... See full summary »

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Stuart Burge

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James Bridie (play), Reuben Ship
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Davy Cooper
Alfred Marks ... Adolf Carter
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... McKillup
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Station Master
Susannah York ... Ellen
Jean Clarke Jean Clarke ... Freda
Timothy Bateson ... Flash Dan
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Restaurant Gentleman
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Ann Heffernan Ann Heffernan ... Hospital Sister (as Ann Hefferman)
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Nurse
Reed De Rouen Reed De Rouen ... Dutchman
Brian Oulton ... Ashton
Glyn Houston ... Smoking Machinist
Percy Herbert ... Prison Warden
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When a law-abiding demolition expert is duped by a gang of criminals into helping them he is caught and jailed. When he is released he goes straight and then notices a leading citizen in his town is cheating his neighbours. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Hair Raising! Roof Raising! A Feast Of Laughter!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fost cândva un şarlatan See more »

Filming Locations:

Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Knightsbridge Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Withdrawn after its cinema release, allegedly after offending America for scenes in which Norman masquerades as an arrogant US general requisitioning British land for the US Air Force. See more »

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My favourite Norman Wisdom film
1 April 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there are those who are left cold by Norman Wisdom, I am not one of those people. In fact, I am quite fond of him. There Was a Crooked Man is my favourite film of his, and he couldn't have been more perfect here in his role as he teams up with crooks to outwit the mayor of a northern town. His role here allows him to maintain his poor but honest persona and his wide eyed innocence that makes him so endearing to me, but it is probably the most versatile of his roles as well. There Was a Crooked Man benefits further from striking filming, quirky music, fun direction and sparkling dialogue. In terms of performances, Wisdom makes the film for me, but he has some excellent foils also in the form of Alfred Marks and Andrew Cruishank. Then there is the comedy, There Was a Crooked Man in my opinion contains some of the best things Wisdom ever did. The bank robbery, the battle with the factory machinery and Brian Oulton taking a shower unaware that Wisdom is in the stall with him particularly stand out. In conclusion, a divine comedy and my favourite of a talented performer. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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