The Big Job is a British comedy film which was released in 1965. It starred Sid James, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Sylvia Syms, Jim Dale and Lance Percival.
The Big Job shared its cast and production team with the Carry On films, but the film was not officially part of the Carry On series. The film was photographed in black and white, while the Carry On films from the mid 1960s were in colour.
Britain, 1950. A gang of robbers led by the self-proclaimed George the 'Great' Brain (Sid James) rob a bank, stealing £50,000. However, due to a mix-up, they are pursued and caught by the police. He manages to stash away the money in the trunk of a hollow tree, before he is collared. The gang are then sentenced to serve fifteen years in Wormwood Scrubs prison.
Upon their release in 1965, the gang go back to the spot where they had left the money, only to find it is now a new town, and a housing estate has been built around the tree. To their chagrin they find that the tree is now in the grounds of the local police station, invitingly close to the wall. George and his gang take up rooms in a nearby house rented by a widow and her daughter. In order to provide a respectable front, George is forced to marry his longtime girlfriend Myrtle Robbins (Sylvia Syms) who is not so enamoured about the idea of recovering the loot, and wants George to settle down with her.
The incompetent criminals fail in their numerous attempts to get over and under the wall, all the while trying to conceal their true activities from their landlady, her daughter and a local police constable (Jim Dale) who also stays there. Eventually when the men have botched an attempt to tunnel into the grounds, the frustrated women hatch their own plot to gain the money.Sid James as George 'The Great' Brain
Sylvia Syms as Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery as Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims as Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival as Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Jim Dale as Harold
Deryck Guyler as Police Sergeant
Edina Ronay as Sally Gamely
Reginald Beckwith as Register Office Official
Michael Ward as Undertaker
Brian Rawlinson as Henry Blobbitt
David Horne as Judge
Frank Forsyth as Bank Cashier
Frank Thornton as Bank Official
Wanda Ventham as Dot Franklin
Time Out wrote, "this 'unofficial' Carry On reproduces the familiar formula of its virtually institutionalised predecessors."
Interiors: Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
'The Crown' public house, Silver Hill, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire......(The bank)
Fulmer and Bracknell.......(Residential and town streets)
Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire......(Country lanes)