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The Cracksman Review

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Unassuming locksmith Earnest is duped into opening a strongbox, gets thrown in the slammer, and is befriended by further gangsters in prison who prove that there is no honor among thieves.

★★★★

Charlie Drake's expert locksmith never goes anywhere without his emergency tool kit, repeatedly gets duped into unknowingly pulling robberies by a suave Dennis Price and ends up in the nick with Percy Herbert and (in a bit part) Ronnie Barker.

Easily this comic's best and most sophisticated vehicle, a daft and sometimes inspired farce with fine support from George Sanders and Eddie Bryne as rival master crooks and from a young Nyree Dawn Porter who wears a winning smile throughout. Surprisingly good.

A dry little gem of pre-Python Britishness