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Director  John Paddy Carstairs
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Produced by  Joseph Janni
Country  United Kingdom
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Running time  1h 26m
Cinematography  Jack Cardiff, Jack E. Cox
Language  English
The Big Money (film) movie poster
Release date  1958
Writer  John Baines, Patrick Campbell (additional material)
Cast  Ian Carmichael (Willie Frith), Belinda Lee (Gloria), Kathleen Harrison (Mrs Frith), Robert Helpmann (The Reverend), Leslie Phillips (Receptionist), James Hayter (Mr Frith)
Similar movies  Related John Paddy Carstairs movies

The Big Money is a 1958 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ian Carmichael, Belinda Lee and Kathleen Harrison.

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Diana Dors was originally cast as Gloria but turned down the role because she did not want to work with Joseph Janni. Once the film was completed its release was delayed for several years because Sir John Davis did not believe it was sufficiently funny.

Plot

Willie (Ian Carmichael) is the bad seed of a family of thieves (James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison and Jill Ireland). One day, he steals a briefcase from a dodgy clergyman (Robert Helpmann), which is full of pound notes. Unfortunately, the notes all have the same serial number!

He is seduced by "the big money" and starts passing the counterfeits, one bill at a time. Much of his need for money is to impress Gloria (Belinda Lee), the pretty barmaid at his local pub. She dreams of the millionaire who will come and give her the good life. Unfortunately, he cannot pass the fake money fast enough to keep up with her wants.

When she helps herself to some of the counterfeit money, it gets the attention of the police and the mobsters. It all ends in a free-for-all, between the police, Arabs, and mobsters, in disguise. Finally, she has to decide whether she loves him or his money.

Partial cast

  • Ian Carmichael – Willie Frith
  • Belinda Lee – Gloria
  • Kathleen Harrison – Mrs Frith
  • Jill Ireland – Doreen Firth
  • Robert Helpmann – Reverend
  • James Hayter – Mr Frith
  • George Coulouris – Colonel
  • Renée Houston – Bobbie
  • Michael Brennan – Bluey
  • Leslie Phillips – Receptionist
  • Harold Berens – Bookmaker
  • Hugh Morton – Valet
  • Ferdy Mayne – Furrier
  • Digby Wolfe – Harry Mason
  • Michael Balfour – 'Wilberforce'
  • References

    The Big Money (film) Wikipedia
    The Big Money (film) IMDb The Big Money (film) themoviedb.org


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