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Crooks in Cloisters

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Director  Jeremy Summers
Music director  Don Banks
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Crime
Producer  Gordon Scott
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  1964 (1964)
Writer  T.J. Morrison (screenplay), Mike Watts (screenplay), Mike Watts (from an original story by)
Cast  Barbara Windsor ("Brother" Bikini), Ronald Fraser (Walter Dodd), Melvyn Hayes (Willy), Francesca Annis (June), Bernard Cribbins (Squirts McGinty), Davy Kaye (Specs)
Similar movies  Related Jeremy Summers movies
Tagline  A life of crime can become a bad habit!

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Crooks in Cloisters is a 1964 British comedy which features Ronald Fraser as 'Little Walter', the leader of a gang of forgers, including Bernard Cribbins as 'Squirts', Melvyn Hayes as 'Willy', Grégoire Aslan as 'Lorenzo', and Davy Kaye as 'Specs'.


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After pulling off a small train robbery, 'Little Walter' and his gang are forced to hide out on a remote Cornish island in an abandoned monastery, disguised as monks. With them comes 'Bikini' (Barbara Windsor), Walter's girlfriend, who is given the job of cook to the group, despite never having cooked in her life. After a few initial setbacks, they slowly adjust to their new contemplative life of tending animals and crops, surviving the added tribulations of visits by a group of tourists and two of the real monks who had been forced to sell the monastery after falling on hard times, including Brother Lucius (Corin Redgrave).

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Gradually the gang adjusts to its new pastoral life, which turns out to be much to their liking. A return to a life In the city less appealing by the day. With the help of Phineas (Wilfrid Brambell), a fisherman, they continue to receive and dispose of stolen goods. The crooks change and are kinder and gentler but 'Brother' Squirts begins to place bets on the dogs and the police become suspicious. When Walter decides it is safe to leave none of them want to go including Willy (Hayes), who has fallen for June (Francesca Annis), Phineas's granddaughter; these two manage to get away safely together. Walter gives the deeds of the island to the real monks who had originally owned the island and just as the rest of the gang say goodbye they see the police waiting for them.


  • Ronald Fraser as Walt
  • Barbara Windsor as Bikini
  • GrĂ©goire Aslan as Lorenzo
  • Bernard Cribbins as Squirts
  • Davy Kaye as Specs
  • Wilfrid Brambell as Phineas
  • Melvyn Hayes as Willy
  • Joseph O'Conor as Father Septimus
  • Corin Redgrave as Brother Lucius
  • Francesca Annis as June
  • Norman Chappell as Benson
  • Arnold Ridley as Newsagent
  • Patricia Laffan as Lady Florence
  • Alister Williamson as Mungo
  • Russell Waters as Ship's Chandler
  • Howard Douglas as Publican
  • Max Bacon as Bookmaker
  • Production

    Crooks in Cloisters was filmed at the Associated British Picture Studios at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, and at St Mawes in Cornwall. The harbour is Portloe. The opening train robbery sequence involves British Rail class 4 diesel locomotive D160 (later to become class 46 under TOPS) at an as-yet unidentified location.


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