The League of Gentlemen

Released 1960




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Basil Dearden
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The League of Gentlemen, directed by Basil Dearden, is one of four popular films released in 1960 to be concerned with the planning and execution of a daring robbery. Colonel Hyde, recently made redundant by the army to which he has devoted his life, enlists several other former "officers and gentlemen" (each of whom has a somewhat shady past and money problems) to assist him in a raid on a London bank, which he insists will net them a minimum of £100,000 apiece. The planning and execution of the operation follow the strictest military guidelines - for the Colonel, it is a military exercise. Although his seven colleagues occasionally wonder about his sanity, they are happy to join him in what each comes to see as a return to happier days, something that will solve all their problems in civilian life. But things don't quite go according to plan...

Jack Hawkins

Jack Hawkins

Lt.-Col. J.G.N. Hyde

Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough

Lt. Edward Lexy

Nigel Patrick

Nigel Patrick

Major Peter Race

Roger Livesey

Roger Livesey

Captain Christopher Mycroft

Kieron Moore

Kieron Moore


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The first film to be made by Allied Film Makers, a company set up by Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Michael Relph and Basil Dearden. The company subsequently made Man In The Moon (1960), Victim (1961) and Life For Ruth, all directed by Dearden.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Major Peter Race: [indicating the portrait of a beautiful woman]: Is that your wife?
      Lt.-Col. J.G.N. Hyde: Er, yes.
      Major Peter Race: Is she dead?
      Lt.-Col J.G.N. Hyde: No, no - I regret to say the bitch is still going strong...

    • Lt. Edward Lexy: [asked if he's planning a "dirty weekend"]: I'm hoping for a dirty year. If I live that long.

    • Major Peter Race: Never be the first to go over the wall - you're liable to be shot in the arse.

    • Lt.-Col. J.G.N. Hyde: [on being reminded that he hasn't introduced himself]: Oh, haven't I? How very careful of me.

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Crime, Classics, 60s