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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverTyne View Post
    *bump

    Thought I'd bump this for anyone who's got a bit of spare time to research over the holidays.


    Thanks, still desperate to find out what this film, or whatever it was is.

    Films I know it's not because I've seen them fairly recently:

    Two way stretch
    Too many Crooks
    Down among the Z men
    After the Fox
    The Wrong Box
    The Naked Truth
    How to Steal a Million

    Trying to eliminate as many not-so-well know P.S.
    films as possible as several people vaguely associate him
    with it.

    Thanks for all suggetions unsure:

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    I recall that in "Crooks Anonymous" (1962) the various crooks (Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, ) are dressed as Father Christmas (rather appropriateky for the moment).

    I think it was Julie Christie's second film?

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    I watched Crooks Anonymous again recently, but there are no scenes which tie in with the original post in this thread.

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    Just been browsing some of the older posts in the forum and came across these:

    http://filmdope.com/forums/ca...film-title.htm

    This sounds as though it has similar elements, though the OP doesn't metion monks or singing. Didn't get a definitive answer at the time,
    I wonder if it's the same film?


    More recently the film Seven times Seven was discussed here:

    http://filmdope.com/forums/ca...-hospital.html

    The plot of this sounds remarkably similar to the Peter Sellers film "Two Way Stretch" , in that they
    break out of prison to commit the robbery then break back in afterwards. So much so that
    I could well believe I'd mixed the two up - for years before I saw it again I thought
    the monks film was Two way stretch.

    Can't find this on youtube or anywhere else, does anyone here know this film well enough to
    say if it could be the one I'm after?

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    I found it. It is on youtube, but only in Italian under its Italian title. I didn't check out the entire movie, but I would say it is a good chance that is it. It is, by the way, set in a British prison and there is a DVD of it English dubbed. I didn't go through it to find the singing scene. I don't think they are actually supposed to be disguised as monks, but to go through the sewers they change to clothing that looks similiar to monk attire, black with hoods.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrETqpT0DTE
    Last edited by will.15; 07-06-13 at 09:49 PM.

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    Thanks so much for tracking down the link will.15, much appreciated. I've now managed to skim through all the
    Italian version and - frustratingly, it's not the one! My recollection of the scene in question is pretty much as described
    in the original post in this thread:

    "at one point involved the gang, dressed in cassocks and surplices, going through (I think) the sewers, singing (after a fashion) "He who would valiant be... to be a pilgrim". I also seem to remember that another group were either following or directing their progress by going around the streets
    from manhole cover to manhole cover.

    I had really high hopes for this one as well, but at least it's another film featuring the sewers eliminated.

    I'm beginning to think there must be something odd about this one - 2 people at least remembering it suggest it must
    have existed at sometime, but to find so little trace if it in the internet age is odd. I can only assume
    it's never been available to purchase, hasn't been broadcast for decades or is lost.
    Hopefully someone visiting here someday may also remember it but know what it was?

    Thanks so much to everyone for suggestions, one day I WILL solve this!

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    Another hoof up the page for this one.

    A bit of straw clutching here, but what about 'Rotten to the Core'? There a lobby card showing the crooks dressed in surplices in a choir, but sadly not in a sewer.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROTTEN-COR...item1c1effe162

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    I wish I had not come across this post! I can remember the scene plus the hymn and I can not think of the title or even a clue to it. So many gags have been based on this, Dad's Army for one. I am off to research....bye

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverTyne View Post
    Another hoof up the page for this one.

    A bit of straw clutching here, but what about 'Rotten to the Core'? There a lobby card showing the crooks dressed in surplices in a choir, but sadly not in a sewer.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROTTEN-COR...item1c1effe162
    I have Rotten to the Core and it's been about 2 years since I last watched it but I don't recall any scenes in the sewers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernardo View Post
    I wish I had not come across this post! I can remember the scene plus the hymn and I can not think of the title or even a clue to it. So many gags have been based on this, Dad's Army for one. I am off to research....bye
    Thanks for the additional input everyone.
    Berando, I'm so glad someone else remembers this, at least I know I'm not imagining it.
    Do you recall apporximately how long ago you saw this and where (cinema/tv)?
    Did your research lead anywhere? - I've found no real clues on the web at all
    and I've been trying to find this for ages.

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    Long time ago in the mid 70's? Probably on TV. You get these uncorroborated ideas, I felt that it was a lift off from Crooks in the Cloisters but I just know I have seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernardo View Post
    Long time ago in the mid 70's? Probably on TV. You get these uncorroborated ideas, I felt that it was a lift off from Crooks in the Cloisters butI just know I have seen it.
    Me too. That's about the period I remember as well. One day.......

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    At long last, this must definitely be it:



    Convicts (a) in the choir; (b) in the sewers and (c) in Nothing Barred, a 1961 Brian Rix comedy. They mostly sing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" to begin with, but get on to "To Be a Pilgrim" thereafter. Brian directs them around by shouting down manholes, much to the annoyance of P.C. Terry Scott!

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    Oh well done that man! Finally it's solved.

    I can't believe I didn't find it myself, since I searched for likely actors, including Irene Handl and Bernard Cribbins.

    I do hope the OP is subscribed to his thread.
    Last edited by SilverTyne; 21-06-14 at 09:51 PM.

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    Well, that's an obscurity. No user reviews on the IMDb and no plot description at all.

    How did you find it?

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    Nothing in the BFI Screenonline database either

    It's offered by Amazon (UK)

    Steve

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    It looks like it was released on DVD just last month.

    http://networkonair.com/shop/1891-no...626409548.html

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    I am a very, very happy bunny. Thank you so much Gerald Lovell and everyone else who's contributed suggestions - I really
    was beginning to lose hope that I'd ever solve this. I knew I hadn't imagined it, and I was sure there was a bit with manhole
    covers as well! Really made my day, off to order from Amazon now.

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    Just found this over at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_Barred

    No wonder I associated this with Peter Sellers and specifically thought it was Two Way Stretch
    for ages. You couldn't make up a more confusing and misleading coincidence - thanks for
    years of frustration film re-namers!
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    the more i see of British comedy films of the 50s and 60s the more i realise that this was a golden age of Beitish screen comedy.There are at least a dozen great films that i can think of,but you cannot say that about the 70s and 80s which only had spin offs and sex comedies to bring in the dwindling audience.

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