A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they're plotting to rob a bank and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage.

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  1. Jimmy O'Connor


  2. William Rose


  3. Alexander Mackendrick


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  1. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    Professor Marcus

  2. Cecil Parker

    Cecil Parker

    Claude (alias 'Major Courtney')

  3. Herbert Lom

    Herbert Lom

    Louis (alias 'Mr. Harvey')

  4. Peter Sellers

    Peter Sellers

    Harry (alias 'Mr. Robinson')

  5. Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson

    Mrs. Wilberforce

  6. Danny Green

    Danny Green

    "One-Round" alias 'Mr. Lawson'

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • February 20, 1956
    NR, Theatrical



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