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    Hi.
    I wonder if anyone can help me. I remember seeing a British comedy crime film in the 1950s or 1960s, that 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 cannot remember the name of the film, or who was in it; I have looked at several candidates, including "Two Way Stretch", "The Lavender Hill Mob", etc., but cannot find it. I remember I found it very funny at the time, and would love to be able to see it again.
    Any ideas?

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    Crooks in Cloisters?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057974/

    They dress as monks in that, but it may not be the one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euryale View Post
    Crooks in Cloisters?

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    Thanks, Euryale. I'll try to find it.

    Update: Having looked at the description of this film on IMDB, I don't think it is the one I am seeking - which was not set in a monastery in Cornwall as far as I recall...
    Last edited by pablo234; 18-02-11 at 11:17 AM. Reason: Update

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo234 View Post
    . to be a pilgrim".
    I've got Peter Sellers in my head but I thinks that Heavens Above! Can't think of any sewer/heist comedies.

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    Thanks, DB7. I may be wrong about the sewers, but I'm pretty sure it was a crime comedy, and that there was an underground sequence with singing in cassocks and surplices. Peter Sellers rings a bell with me, too.

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    Hi,

    Sorry for bumping an old post, but I came across this when doing a Google search to try and find this film.
    I also remember seeing this sequence on TV sometime in either the late sixties or early seventies.
    Been trying for years to remember/find out what it is.
    As I now know it's not just me "misremembering", can some knowledgeable person here help to
    find out which film this was in? - it's driving me mad. If Peter Sellers really was in it, I can't imagine
    why it's so obscure given that his work is so well known.

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    Could it be Two Way Stretch? - only Wilfred Hyde White plays a vicar, but it does have Peter Sellers in the cast.
    Go to Blazes? Or was that firemen?
    Crooks Anonymous?

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    Crooks Anonymous is a very good shout! (and a very good film!)

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I also initially thought it was two way stretch, but I've seen that recently and it isn't (though they do use the
    drains to escape from/re-enter prison).
    I'll have to try and get a copy of Crooks Anonymous - I don't remembmer that one, but none of the plot synopses online mention monks
    or a scene in the sewers.
    I seem to vaguely remember that the reason they were singing in the first place was so that their accomplices??,who were at street level,
    would know whereabouts they were - I might have misremembered that bit though!

    Any other suggestions? I'd be eternally grateful if someone could give a definite answer.

    Cheers!

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    Is it The Big Job? A B & W "pseudo-Carry On" film starring Sid James, Dick Emery and Lance Percival.... They play a gang of crooks who dig a tunnel to break into a police yard... underneath the policeman's choir (conducted by Deryck Guyler)

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    Nothing about monks habits though....

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    There's no monks in Crooks Anonymous though it's still a great film.

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    With all the experts on here not being able to help you, methinks after 60 odd years you may be getting two/three films mixed together - it happens, as it has to me...........frequently!

    And bits drop off, or no longer work..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friese-Greene View Post
    With all the experts on here not being able to help you, methinks after 60 odd years you may be getting two/three films mixed together - it happens, as it has to me...........frequently!

    And bits drop off, or no longer work..........

    I could well have believed this myself, until I realised from the OP here (pablo 234, if you still post here, do you remember any further details?)
    that someone else remembered exactly the same combination of (somewhat unusual) elements. I just seems so unlikely that 2 people could independently mix up the same elements from different films.
    I could imagine that this might have been in a TV show rather than a film, though that's not how I remember it, but I'm sure this scene
    was broadcast in some form as described (it would be about 40 yeas ago, not 60 and I'm almost sure I saw it more than once in the early 70s).

    Thanks for all your ideas though guys, much appreciated - if anyone else has an idea and want to chime in, please do -
    this thing is really getting to me now - I've just got to know!
     
     

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    Isn't there some cassock-wearing and singing in the Dad's Army film?

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    Thanks for the suggestion CaptainWagget, but I've got that and it's not the one I'm afraid.

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    It does sound the sort of thing that might have happened in an ITC series but folks here tend to be fairly well up on The Avengers and stuff like that

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    "I could imagine that this might have been in a TV show rather than a film,"


    Ahh, now there's Dave Allen of course - many a sketch involving clergy. Yes/No?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friese-Greene View Post

    "I could imagine that this might have been in a TV show rather than a film,"


    Ahh, now there's Dave Allen of course - many a sketch involving clergy. Yes/No?


    Always possible of course, though the "remembered" plot line seems like it might
    be a bit long to be just one sketch in a show. I'd be happy whatever it turns out
    to be as long as someone can point me at the specific film/sketch/episode.

    CaptainWagget:- good suggestion - there was a classic episode
    of the "New Avengers" called "Gnaws" where giant mutated rats ran havoc
    through the sewers. Great story, but not my quarry unfortunately.
    It wasn't 'till I started trying to find the name of this online that I realised
    just how many films feature the sewers in some way -weird!

    Keep the suggestions coming - if 2 people remember it, it must exist/have existed in some form - surely
    someone must know!

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    *bump

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

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