🎥 The Big Job – 1965
The Story …
The story begins in London in 1950.
A gang of robbers led by the self-proclaimed George “The Great” Brain rob a bank, stealing £50,000. They choose a hearse as a getaway vehicle and are pursued and caught by the police.
However, before being caught they manage to conceal the money (which is in a briefcase) in the trunk of a hollow tree, before all three are arrested. The gang are sentenced to serve fifteen years in Wormwood Scrubs prison …
Upon their release in 1965, the gang go back to the spot where they had left the money, only to find it is now a new town, and a housing estate has been built around the tree. They are dismayed that the tree now lies in the grounds of the local police station – but it is invitingly close to the boundary wall.
George and his gang take up rooms in a nearby house rented from a widow and her daughter who also live there. They rent two double rooms on the first floor. In order to provide a respectable front, George reluctantly agrees to marry his longtime girlfriend Myrtle Robbins who is not so enamoured about the idea of recovering the loot and wants George to settle down with her.
The incompetent criminals fail in their numerous attempts to get over or under the wall, all the while trying to conceal their true activities from their landlady, her daughter and a local police constable who also stays there.
Eventually, when the men have botched an attempt to tunnel into the grounds, the frustrated women hatch their own plot to gain the money, and succeed, only to find that the money has been shredded by little bustards nesting in the tree.
- Directed by Gerald Thomas
- Written by John Antrobus and Talbot Rothwell
- Produced by Frank Bevis and Peter Rogers
- Cinematography : Alan Hume
- Edited by Rod Nelson-Keys
- Music by Eric Rogers
- Production Companies : Peter Rogers Productions and Anglo-Amalgamated
- Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors
- Release Date : 5 October 1965
- Sid James as George ‘The Great’ Brain
- Sylvia Syms as Myrtle Robbins
- Dick Emery as Frederick ‘Booky’ Binns
- Joan Sims as Mildred Gamely
- Lance Percival as Timothy ‘Dipper’ Day
- Jim Dale as Harold
- Deryck Guyler as Police Sergeant
- Edina Ronay as Sally Gamely
- Reginald Beckwith as Register Office Official
- Michael Ward as Undertaker
- Brian Rawlinson as Henry Blobbitt
- David Horne as Judge
- Frank Forsyth as Bank Cashier
- Frank Thornton as Bank Official
- Wanda Ventham as Dot Franklin
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