THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND (1960 U.K.) D: JOHN GUILLERMIN W: HOWARD CLEWES/RICHARD MAIBAUM P: JULES BUCK
Turn-of-the-century Irish nationalists led by Irish-American mining engineer Aldo Ray plot to steal gold bullion from the Bank of England vaults. Fine b/w caper movie meticilously shows how they first get the layout blueprints, and later make use of the underground rivers of old London. Peter O`Toole is particularly good as the bored playboy head of the Royal Guards who patrol the bank and it`s labyrinthean lower-levels. With Kieron Moore, Elizabeth Sellars in a forgettable romantic-interest sub-plot, Albert Sharpe (DARBY O`GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE) as a "tosher", John Le Mesurier, Hugh Griffith, Miles Malleson, Andrew Keir, Geoffrey Bayldon, Colin Gordon, Charles Lloyd Pack, Michael Brennan, Arthur Lowe, Erik Chitty, Arthur Mullard, Frederick Piper, Anita Sharp-Bolster and Russell Waters. Based on a novel by John Brophy (as was Samuel Fuller`s FIXED BAYONETS). Guillermin had just directed TARZAN`S GREATEST ADVENTURE. Maibaum soon became well-known for adapting DR. NO and other Bond adventures for the big screen. I wonder if the real-life gang that THE SEWERS OF PARADISE was based on saw this?

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