The Big Money

The Big Money

John Paddy Carstairs (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
There are too many British comedies in which the talents of a superb cast are wasted by an inferior script. This offering is a case in point, though it does boast a decent story about a family of crack crooks whose eldest son couldn't pass a counterfeit note in a game of Monopoly. Ian Carmichael is perfectly cast in the lead, and who could ask for more than Kathleen Harrison, James Hayter and Leslie Phillips in support? But director John Paddy Carstairs hammers every gag into place, and staying the course soon begins to seem like a life sentence.


An incompetent thief finally manages to make his family of crooks proud of him by pulling off a major robbery, but finds his ill-gotten gains bring him anything but happiness. Comedy, starring Ian Carmichael, Belinda Lee, Kathleen Harrison and Robert Helpmann.

Cast & Crew

Willie Frith Ian Carmichael
Gloria Belinda Lee
Mrs Frith Kathleen Harrison
The Reverend Robert Helpmann
Mr Frith James Hayter
The Colonel George Coulouris
Doreen Frith Jill Ireland
Bobby Renee Houston
Receptionist Leslie Phillips
Bookmaker Harold Berens
Director John Paddy Carstairs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd