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A short, kind, very innocent and efficient locksmith is cheated by a burglar in order to rob a car and to open a safe strongbox. The police catch him and is sent to jail. Once there, some gangsters gain his friendship to cheat him again and to help them escape.Written by
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One of the inmates of Springfield Prison is portrayed by Ronnie Barker who would later star in the successful prison TV series Porridge (1974). See more »
During the fight at the end of the film, in a long shot just before the guillotine chops off the toes of Ernest's shoes, The Guv'nor (George Sanders) can be seen wrapped in the model snake BEFORE it is shown happening during the fight. See more »
[Ernest tries to console Sandra after she tearfully tells him her story about the parcel in the safe]
I can't think why I'm telling you all this. You're a complete stranger.
That's all right. Sometimes it does you good to get a thing like that off your ch...
[being short, Ernest is roughly at the level of Sandra's breasts and he can't help looking at them]
...off your mind.
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Opening credits prologue: THE CREED OF A LOCKSMITH
A Locksmith always remembers his public trust; that with him rests the security of property and fortune. As a public guardian he places trust and honour above temptation. His honesty is incorruptible. He is an artiste at his trade and the symbol of skill and integrity to the world. See more »
British comedian Charlie Drake is an acquired taste, and at his best as the hapless "cracksman" of the title in this modest little spoof of crime pictures. The script is sharper than one might expect from this kind of film, and little Charlie is up to his ears in trouble. His endearing innocence (if not talent) suggests a contemporary version of Chaplin; while his physical appearance suggests the love child of Ned Beatty and Mickey Rooney, making him wholly appropriate for comedy,--and nothing else. He plays so well with bad guy George Sanders, who really comes to life here, that I can almost imagine them as a comedy team, which sounds ludicrous I know, as they would have seemed so incongruous together, but then again comedy teams generally do,
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