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The Big Money (1956)

Petty thief Willie Frith steals a suitcase full of bank notes, only to find out that they have been given all the same serial number. But this is only the start of his troubles, now he has ... See full summary »


John Baines (story), John Baines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Ian Carmichael ... Willie Frith
Belinda Lee ... Gloria
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Frith
Robert Helpmann ... The Reverend
James Hayter ... Mr. Frith
George Coulouris ... The Colonel
Renee Houston ... Bobbie
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Bluey
Jill Ireland ... Doreen Frith
Leslie Phillips ... Receptionist
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Bookmaker
Hugh Morton Hugh Morton ... Valet
Ferdy Mayne ... Furrier
Digby Wolfe Digby Wolfe ... Harry Mason
Michael Balfour ... 'Wilberforce'


Petty thief Willie Frith steals a suitcase full of bank notes, only to find out that they have been given all the same serial number. But this is only the start of his troubles, now he has to find a way of changing the notes, so he can impress the barmaid of his local pub. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Release Date:

March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loura e o Ladrão See more »


Box Office


GBP175,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diana Dors was originally cast as Gloria, but stepped down because of differences with the producer. See more »


Mr Frith, in opening sequence, puts his key into his front door, on the right-hand side. Once indoors, it is obvious the front door is hinged on the opposite side. See more »


Three Little Maids from School
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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Not really a hic-hic hooray here.
29 July 2017 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Out of Pinewood Studios, The Big Money is directed by John Paddy Carstairs and written by John Baines. It stats Ian Carmichael, Belinda Lee, Robert Helpmann, James Hayter, Kathleen, Harrison and George Coulouris. Music is by Van Phillips and cinematography by Jack Cox. It is a VistaVision/Technicolor production.

When bumbling thief Willie Frith (Carmichael) steals a suitcase from a clergyman, he gets far more than he bargained for. Disowned by star and creators, and left on the shelf for years by the studio, it's safe to say that The Big Money at best is an awkward comedy. It's not bad exactly, in fact there's enough comedy here for those familiar with - and entertained by - British comedy slapstick pics of years gone by. The problem is a poor script that leaves a fine cast wasted.

The premise is a good one, eldest son from a family of crooks is incompetent and desperately wants to not only make the family proud, but also to make it big himself. The latter of which he sees as a way of attracting the opposite sex, notably the blonde siren behind the bar of The Red Dragon. Once he secures what he thinks is his life changing steal, he is thrust into mishap after mishap, all while some unsavoury types get on his trail. What transpires is a gently amusing comedy, but in truth that's not enough to make this a must - seek - out pic for those wishing to blow the blues away. Nice to see Royal Ascot feature though, that is if you like horse racing mind... 5/10

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