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A Touch of Larceny (1960)

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Paul Winterton (novel) (as Andrew Garve), Roger MacDougall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Cmdr. Max Easton
George Sanders ... Sir Charles Holland
Vera Miles ... Virginia Killain
Oliver Johnston ... Minister
Robert Flemyng ... Cmdr. John Larkin
William Kendall ... Tom
Duncan Lamont ... 1st Special Branch man Gregson
Harry Andrews ... Capt. Graham
Peter Barkworth ... Sub Lt. Brown
Rachel Gurney ... Clara Holland
Martin Stephens ... John Holland
Waveney Lee Waveney Lee ... Marcia Holland
Charles Carson ... Robert Holland
Junia Crawford Junia Crawford ... Susan
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Club Member (as Henry Longhurst)
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Storyline

Philandering Commander Max Easton, now desk-bound and under-worked in the Admiralty, finds he suddenly needs to make some money when he falls for American Virginia Killain. When he hatches a plot to disappear in circumstances that suggest he has defected and then return to sue the papers, Virginia doesn't take much notice - at least at first. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Meet the man with the hilarious plan to hoax the whole world out of a cool million...and coax a one-in-a-million girl into his arms! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

8 July 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hochverrat mit Hindernissen See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Foxwell Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

John Dearth was cast in this film but fired because the producer thought he looked too much like James Mason. See more »

Goofs

When Max picks up Virginia for their luncheon date, she tries to put a scarf on her head to keep her hair from blowing around in the wind caused by riding in Max's convertible sports car. However, when Max brings his car to a sudden stop, the wind continues. See more »

Quotes

Sir Charles Holland: I suppose somebody reads this stuff, otherwise they wouldn't bother to write it. You know, I believe that these days, people are intelligent in direct proportion to what they disbelieve in the newspapers.
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Soundtracks

Foxtrot
(uncredited)
Music by Ken Jones
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A film long remembered
17 April 2001 | by rhetoricianSee all my reviews

I first saw this film on TV as a teenager. It has stuck with me and it is a quintessential James Mason film. I keep waiting for it to come on cable. It is fun, relaxing, with just a little suspense to add spice, and thoroughly enjoyable.


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