The Cracksman

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The Cracksman
The Cracksman FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Produced by W.A. Whittaker
Starring Charlie Drake
Nyree Dawn Porter
George Sanders
Dennis Price
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Richard Best
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors
Release date
Language English

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


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.


Additional credits[edit]

  • 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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