There Was a Crooked Man

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1960
  • Running time: 107 min
There Was a Crooked Man is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Stuart Burge. It starred Norman Wisdom, Alfred Marks, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith, and Susannah York. It is based on the James Bridie play The Odd Legend of Schultz; and was... read more

There Was a Crooked Man is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Stuart Burge. It starred Norman Wisdom, Alfred Marks, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith, and Susannah York. It is based on the James Bridie play The Odd Legend of Schultz; and was one of two films Wisdom made independently to extend his range (the other being The Girl on the Boat), although according to the BFI Screenonline website, "the cinema public craved only the Gump". The film was on general release in 1960 on the Rank circuit (supported by the documentary Jungle Hell) to less than spectacular business before being withdrawn, allegedly after American objections to Wisdom masquerading as an arrogant US general requisitioning British land for the US Air Force. The subject of US forces on British soil was deemed too sensitive even for comic treatment.

Original Release

08/31/1960

Cast

Norman Wisdom Davy Cooper
Alfred Marks Adolf Carter
Andrew Cruickshank McKillup
Reginald Beckwith Station Master
Susannah York Ellen
Jean Clarke Freda
Timothy Bateson Flash Dan
Paul Whitsun-Jones Restaurant Gentleman
Fred Griffiths Taxi Driver
Ann Heffernan Hospital Sister (as Ann Hefferman)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Stuart Burge

Writers

James Bridie, Reuben Ship

Cast

Norman Wisdom Davy Cooper
Alfred Marks Adolf Carter
Andrew Cruickshank McKillup
Reginald Beckwith Station Master
Susannah York Ellen
Jean Clarke Freda
Timothy Bateson Flash Dan
Paul Whitsun-Jones Restaurant Gentleman
Fred Griffiths Taxi Driver
Ann Heffernan Hospital Sister (as Ann Hefferman)
Rosalind Knight Nurse
Reed de Rouen Dutchman
Brian Oulton Ashton
Glyn Houston Smoking Machinist
Percy Herbert Prison Warden
Edna Petrie Woman at Assembly Hall
Jack May Police Sergeant
Ronald Fraser Gen. Cummins
Ed Devereaux American Colonel
Sam Kydd Foreman

Producers

Editors

Peter R. Hunt

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