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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)

| Comedy, Crime | 1979 (UK)
Released from a British prison, an American is hired as an electrician for a London bank but his criminal acquaintances show-up and force the reluctant Yank to join them as the inside-man in a well-planned bank heist.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Guy Elmes (original story), Guy Elmes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Pinky
Oliver Tobias ... Foxy
David Niven ... Ivan
Elke Sommer ... Miss Pelham
Gloria Grahame ... Ma
Richard Johnson ... Inspector Watford
Michael Angelis ... Pealer Bell
Dicken Ashworth ... Charlie the Chubb
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Gregory Peck
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Nobby Flowers
James Galloway James Galloway ... Aussie
Charlie Hawkins Charlie Hawkins ... Clint
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Legs Eleven
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Sid the Yid
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... Stan the Spinner
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Storyline

Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible, the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank, and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Based on one of the biggest robberies in London

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Scam See more »

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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Director Ralph Thomas. See more »

Goofs

In an early panning shot, we see an Arab passenger get out of a 1976 Cadillac Seville sedan outside the A&P Bank. These cars were never available as RHD, so a front-seat passenger, dressed as chauffeur, gets out and opens the O/S door. This is a farcical set-up, as he should have exited the front N/S (LH) door, and opened the rear N/S door for his passenger, avoiding the risk of following traffic-absurd!.. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: TO DATE ONLY HALF A MILLION POUNDS HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY SCOTLAND YARD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square
, arranged and produced by Pierre Tubbs, and sung by Polly Cutter (uncredited)
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Jaunty and enjoyable Brit crime caper.
29 September 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

When Pinky, a qualified electrician, is released from prison, his parole officer has found him a job working at a big city bank. When some of the crime underworld from his past learn of his position they plan to exploit it and rob the bank. Pinky is at first horrified because he really wants to go straight, but when a twist of fate happens Pinky begins to think one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Also known as The Mayfair Bank Caper {amongst others!}, this is a hugely enjoyable piece that is quintessential 1970s. London and all it's highly dubious fashions are lit up like a Christmas tree in Ralph Thomas and Guy Elmes' cunningly crafty caper. If the viewer can accept David Niven as an aged crime lord of some evility {it's not easy i can tell you}, then A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square could well surprise you. The actors aren't pulling up any trees for sure, but it's really not hurting the picture at all, it has an honest fun quality that is never less than entertaining. The score and soundtrack is perhaps guilty of over jollification during the dramatic criminal moments, but it's a minor complaint to leave me thinking this is an under seen British gem.

Richard Jordan takes the lead role of Pinky (obviously hoping to lure in American viewers}, 70s heart throb Oliver Tobias {a mass of hair} is in there to keep the ladies interested, whilst the blokes get the pleasurable sight of Elke Sommer and her delightful legs for company. Moving along at a decent enough clip and containing a seriously rewarding finale, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square deserves far better than the paltry 5.7 rating here on IMDb, but just how many people have seen it i wonder?, hmm, go on give it a go if you the chance, it's good stuff. 7/10


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