The League of Gentlemen (1960, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough)

The League of Gentlemen 1960

In The League of Gentlemen ex-soldiers use their expertise in a new career – as gentlemen bank robbers. A witty, cool comedy starring Jack Hawkins and Richard Attenborough.

The clue is in the title: gentlemen, would-be thieves who are no ordinary crooks but officers and either their equals or their lackeys. Lt Col Hyde is the mastermind and is decidedly narked by being forced out of the military. He recruits seven dodgy, equally dissatisfied colleagues to execute a bank robbery with military precision. As we know, the best-laid plans… But the enjoyment here is in the plan, the training and the heist, carried out by a stereotypical cross-section of humanity.

The story, wittily adapted and briskly directed, is played out by the cast with total conviction.

Cast: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore

Director: Basil Dearden
Producer: Michael Relph
Photographer: Arthur Ibbetson

UK / 1960