Band of Thieves

Band of Thieves

Peter Bezencenet (1962)

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Nicolas Roeg received his third credit as a cinematographer on this caper comedy. But jazz fans will be more interested in seeing Acker Bilk starring in the second of his three 1960s pictures. Ostensibly, the clarinettist plays himself. But the real Acker presumably didn't use his gigs as a front for stately home robberies! Jimmy Thompson co-stars as the light-fingered socialite who hooks up with Bilk on his release from Gaunstone Prison, while Maudie Edwards and Jennifer Jayne play a dotty duchess and a suspicious hostess, who land the band and their getaway driver Arthur Mullard in big trouble. Slight, but fun, especially Acker's multiple split-screen duet with himself on All I Want to Do Is Sing.


A group of prisoners are encouraged to form a jazz band and vow to go straight when they are released to tour the country. However, the trumpets and clarinets are just a cover for a series of robberies. Musical comedy, starring British jazz star Acker Bilk as himself, alongside Jimmy Thompson and Jennifer Jayne.

Cast & Crew

Himself Acker Bilk
Jimmy Thompson
Jennifer Jayne
Herself Carol Deene
Maudie Edwards
Peter Haigh
Charmian Innes
Eleanor McCready
Director Peter Bezencenet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD