Release date1963 WriterLew Schwarz (screenplay), Charlie Drake (screenplay), Lew Schwarz (original story), Mike Watts (additional dialogue) ProductionAssociated British Picture Corporation CastCharlie Drake (Ernest Wright), Nyree Dawn Porter (Muriel), George Sanders (Guv'nor), Dennis Price (Grantley), Patrick Cargill (Museum Guide), Ronnie Barker (Yossle) Similar moviesCharlie Drake appears in The Cracksman and Mister Ten Per Cent
TaglineThey ssek him here... they seek him there... they seek The Cracksman everywhere!
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The Cracksman is a 1963 British comedy film directed by Peter Graham Scott.
Charlie Drake plays honest locksmith Ernest Wright whose problem is that he cannot resist the challenge of a lock. First he is duped by a debonair con man into opening a car. He is caught by the police but is released on probation. Next the same man fools him into breaking into a house, and he lands in jail for a year. When he is released, he gets tricked into opening a safe, for which he receives a three-year jail sentence and an undeserved reputation as a master thief. Upon his release he finds himself as a pawn being manipulated by two gangs into a safe-cracking scheme but, with the help of undercover police woman Muriel played by Nyree Dawn Porter, he helps trap the crooks and clear his name.
Charlie Drake as Ernest Wright
Nyree Dawn Porter as Muriel
George Sanders as Guv'nor
Dennis Price as Grantley
Percy Herbert as Nosher Jenkins
Eddie Byrne as Domino
Finlay Currie as Feathers
Geoffrey Keen as Magistrate
George A. Cooper as Fred
Patrick Cargill as Museum Guide
Norman Bird as Policeman
Neil McCarthy as Van Gogh
Christopher Rhodes as Mr. King
Ronnie Barker as Yossle
Wanda Ventham as Sandra
Jerold Wells as Chief Prison Officer
Tutte Lemkow as Choreographer
Richard Leech as Detective Sergeant
Robert Shaw as Moke
Delia Derbyshire created the sound for the "In a Monastery Garden" sequence. The instrument is, in her words, "an E♭ safe-unlocking mechanism".