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The Cracksman is a 1963 British comedy film directed by Peter Graham Scott.[1][2][3]

The Cracksman
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Directed byPeter Graham Scott
Produced byW. A. Whittaker
StarringCharlie Drake
Nyree Dawn Porter
George Sanders
Dennis Price
Music byRon Goodwin
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
CountryUnited Kingdom



Charlie Drake plays honest locksmith Ernest Wright whose problem is that he cannot resist the challenge of a lock. First he is duped by a debonair con man into opening a car. He is caught by the police but is released on probation. Next the same man fools him into breaking into a house, and he lands in jail for a year. When he is released, he gets tricked into opening a safe, for which he receives a three-year jail sentence and an undeserved reputation as a master thief. Upon his release he finds himself as a pawn being manipulated by two gangs into a safe-cracking scheme but, with the help of undercover police woman Muriel played by Nyree Dawn Porter, he helps trap the crooks and clear his name.

Portions of the film satirise the 1962 films Birdman of Alcatraz and Dr. No, Drake's hit song My Boomerang Won't Come Back as well as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.


Additional creditsEdit

  • Delia Derbyshire created the sound for the "In a Monastery Garden" sequence. The instrument is, in her words, "an E♭ safe-unlocking mechanism".


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Variety
  3. ^ Personal letter from Delia Derbyshire to Associated British Picture Corporation, dated 25 April 1963.

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