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Strictly Confidential (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1959 (UK)
Two con-men are released from prison, but get straight back up to their old tricks.


Charles Saunders


Brock Williams (original story), Brock Williams (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Cmdr. Bissham-Ryley
William Kendall ... Major Rory McQuarry
Maya Koumani Maya Koumani ... Maxine Millard
Neil Hallett ... Basil Wantage
Bruce Seton ... Inspector Shearing
Ellis Irving Ellis Irving ... Captain Sharples
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... Barman
Llewellyn Rees Llewellyn Rees ... Mellinger
William Hartnell ... Grimshaw


Two con-men are released from prison, but get straight back up to their old tricks.

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1959 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Major Rory McQuarry: Now, Grimshaw, to work. First things first... now the eh, factory canteen
Grimshaw: Well? What about it?
Cmdr. Bissham-Ryley: Much against our will, we have decided personally to sample everything supplied to the workers
Grimshaw: Oh, you have
Major Rory McQuarry: Army marches on its stomach, you know. We'll start off with bacon and eggs, kippers, kedgeree, kidneys on toast, smoked haddock, a small but succulent steak with mushrooms and tomatoes and, maybe, a small mixed grill and finish with coffee, toast and marmalade. Then we'll discuss the little ...
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Honour of the regiment, old boy...
7 November 2015 | by hugh1971See all my reviews

Yes, it's a slightly creaky and low budget 1950s comedy with a minimal plot, but anyone who loves the world of the shabby, down at heel, faux-genteel English confidence trickster will love this film.

The two male leads have great chemistry as a pair of fake ex-military city gents getting out of their depth in a share dealing swindle in 1950s London.

There are some lovely comic moments and amusing repartee. I particularly liked the scene with the tricksters at home in their bedsit in London's seedy Camden Town district, getting dressed up in dinner jackets to attend a posh dinner - and having to walk all the way to Kensington because they can't afford the bus fare.

William Hartnell is also good as an old fashioned but efficient company boss who refuses to fall for the pair's tricks. Well worth a watch.

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