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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Named after a 1940 song of the same title sung by Dame Vera Lynn. 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 »

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

Soundtracks

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
(uncredited)
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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Good 70s caper
6 February 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Just ingenious enough to be plausible and still a lot of fun, this is a pure slice of the 1970s (Even the cops need haircuts badly!). Shot in and around London, the plot of the American ex-con who tries going straight but finds himself sent as an electrician to a bank in Mayfair, and then has the screws put on by crime lord David Niven, and finds himself plotting the crime of the century is well-handled.

I liked its simplicity and even innocence, it harks back to a time when caper films where just that, a caper, and violence wasn't a part of the deal.

All in all you could do a lot worse than watch this: it has enough twists and turns to give it some oomph and a cast that obviously had fun making it.

Nicely made and watchable.


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