The League of Gentlemen, a 1960 movie directed by Basil Dearden, follows the resentful, recently retired Colonel Hyde (Jack Hawkins) as he uses skills formed in the military to commit crimes. Drawing on this experience leads the colonel to approach criminal operations with a unique perspective that he hopes eliminates any chance of failure. He envisions a risky, but well-planned, bank robbery that would bring in more than a million pounds, should his plans prove successful. To execute his plan Colonel Hyde enlists several willing, but not particularly able, former officers to assist in the robbery. The planning and execution of the operation follow the strictest military guidelines. Steps are taken to ensure success, such as jamming police radio communications, disabling bank phone lines, and ensuring that guards pose no threat. While the plan is perfect and the execution is flawless, the success or failure of the mission ultimately lies in the hands of an alcoholic, former military colleague.