A Touch of Larceny

1959

Guy Hamilton
Director
Paramount
Studio

Quite enjoyable Cold War comedy with Mason a Royal Navy submarine officer who comes up with a scheme to woo Vera Miles away from rich, dull toff Sanders. He will pretend to steal some top secret naval plans and sell them to the Soviets, then fake a shipwreck and maroon himself. When he is rescued, he'll sue the press for libel for labeling him a traitor. Things don't quite work out that way, though...

Mason's character is certainly based on real life Admiral Sir Max Horton, a famed submariner of World War One. A variety of older character actors are listed as playing club members, but whatever scene they were in must have been cut.

Thanks to Philly and Gerald Lovell for helping identify some extras!

-Dave W.



1st December 1959
Cinema



93 mins
1.66:1



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James Mason
Commander Max 'Rammer' Easton DSO DSC
James Mason
Commander Max 'Rammer' Easton DSO DSC
George Sanders
Sir Charles Holland
Vera Miles
Virginia Killain
Harry Andrews
Captain G. Graham
Robert Flemyng
Commander John Larkin
Ernest Clark
Commander Bates
Duncan Lamont
Gregson, Special Branch
Percy Herbert
Bert, Dock Policeman
Junia Crawford
Susan
(uncredited)
William Kendall
Tom
(uncredited)
Peter Barkworth
Sub-Lieutenant Brown
(uncredited)
Barbara Hicks
Miss Price
(uncredited)
Roger Maxwell
Club Member
(uncredited)
Frederick Kelsey
Club Member
(uncredited)
Gordon Phillott
Colthorpe, Holland's Chauffeur
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-01
Taxi Driver
MacDonald Parke
Jason Parrish
(uncredited)
Mavis Villiers
Adele Parrish
(uncredited)
Martin Lyder
Nightclub Patron
(uncredited)
Ned Lynch
Nightclub Patron
(uncredited)
Pat Ryan
Nightclub Patron
(uncredited)
Mabel Etherington
Nightclub Patron
(uncredited)
Austin Cooper
Nightclub Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-02
Nightclub Patron
Pearl Walters
Nightclub Patron
(uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd
Nightclub Performer
(uncredited)
Stanley Zevic
First Russian Officer
(uncredited)
Andre Mikhelson
Second Russian Officer
(uncredited)
Richard Marner
Third Russian Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-04
Russian Ambassador
Unknown 19875-16
Waiter at Embassy Party
Jack Armstrong
US Brigadier General at Embassy Party
(uncredited)
Paul Beradi
Guest at Embassy Party
Eddie Boyce
Russian Officer at Embassy Party
(uncredited)
Norman Fisher
Guest at Embassy Party
John More
American General at Embassy Party
(uncredited)
Richard Nellor
RN Officer at Embassy Party
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 10
Guest at Embassy Party
Unknown Male 48
Guest at Embassy Party
Johnny Wyne
American Officer at Embassy Party
Unknown 19875-15
Guest at Embassy Party
Unknown 19875-17
Russian Officer at Embassy Party
Unknown 19875-18
Russian Officer at Embassy Party
Unknown 19875-20
Russian Officer at Embassy Party
Unknown 19875-21
American Officer at Embassy Party
Unknown Male 38
Waiter at Embassy Party
Frederick Piper
Hall Porter
(uncredited)
John Lynn
Car Salesman
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-05
Car Salesman
Unknown 19875-06
Secretary
Unknown 19875-07
Secretary
Patrick Connor
Dock Worker
(uncredited)
Dickie Owen
Second Dock Policeman
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-09
Railway Porter
William Mervyn
Captain Balfour
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-10
Lt. Commander in Graham's Office
Gordon Harris
Jones, Special Branch Man
(uncredited)
John Horsley
First Editor
(uncredited)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Second Editor
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-11
Copy Boy
Charles Carson
Robert Holland
(uncredited)
Rosemary Dorken
WREN in PRO Office
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-12
WREN in PRO Office
Basil Dignam
Lt. Commander Evans, PRO Officer
(uncredited)
Dave's Unknown Male 8
PRO Employee
James Ure
John, PRO Office Employee
John Le Mesurier
Admiral (uncredited)
Roy Everson
Flag Secretary
(uncredited)
Rachel Gurney
Clara Holland
(uncredited)
Waveney Lee
Marcia Holland
(uncredited)
Martin Stephens
John Holland
(uncredited)
Unknown 19875-13
Boatman
Pat Judge
Police Constable
(uncredited)
Alexander Archdale
Scots Doctor
(uncredited)
Donald Bisset
Club Member
(unconfirmed)
Gerald Case
Club Member
(unconfirmed)
Desmond Roberts
Club Member
(unconfirmed)
Reginald Smith
Club Member
(unconfirmed)
Edwin Apps
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
George Curtis
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
Eric Dodson
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
Oliver Johnston
Minister
(unconfirmed)
Henry Longhurst
Club Member
(unconfirmed)
Lionel Murton
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
Guy Kingsley Poynter
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
Marc Sheldon
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)
David Sumner
Len
(unconfirmed)
Sidney Vivian
Undetermined Role
(unconfirmed)

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