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The Cracksman (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 17 September 1964 (Hungary)
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 ... See full summary »


Peter Graham Scott


Lew Schwarz (screenplay), Charlie Drake (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Drake ... Ernest Wright
George Sanders ... The Guv'nor
Dennis Price ... Grantley
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Muriel
Eddie Byrne ... Johnny Domino
Finlay Currie ... Feathers
Percy Herbert ... Nosher
Geoffrey Keen ... Magistrate
George A. Cooper ... Fred
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Mr. King
Patrick Cargill ... Museum Guide
Norman Bird ... Policeman
Neil McCarthy ... Van Gogh
Jack Rodney Jack Rodney ... Tojo
Ronnie Barker ... Yossle
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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 Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Did You Know?


Closing credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious and any similarity to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. 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]
Sandra: I can't think why I'm telling you all this. You're a complete stranger.
Ernest Wright: 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]
Ernest Wright: ...off your mind.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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If a joke doesn't work keep on trying
14 March 2018 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Charlie Drake plays a naif.Every time he is asked to do a job as a cracksman it turns out he is being duped by a crook.Caught by the police he is sent to prison.This is repeated ad nauseum.For some reason they have included a night club scene which could easily have been cut to bring the film down to a more manageable and less boring 90 minutes.To me only 30 seconds of this film retained my interest.That is when Drake is shown in the East Stand of the marvellous art deco palace that was the East Stand Highbury.I reckon the filming must have taken place after the big freeze of 1962/63.Watch the film for this and nothing else.

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Release Date:

17 September 1964 (Hungary) See more »

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Kein Schloß ist vor ihm sicher See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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