There Was a Crooked Man



IMDb Rating 6.5 10 226

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Norman Wisdom as Davy Cooper
Ronald Fraser as Gen. Cummins
Percy Herbert as Prison Warden
1.11 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 10 / 10

My favourite Norman Wisdom film

While there are those who are left cold by Norman Wisdom, I am not one of those people. In fact, I am quite fond of him. There Was a Crooked Man is my favourite film of his, and he couldn't have been more perfect here in his role as he teams up with crooks to outwit the mayor of a northern town. His role here allows him to maintain his poor but honest persona and his wide eyed innocence that makes him so endearing to me, but it is probably the most versatile of his roles as well. There Was a Crooked Man benefits further from striking filming, quirky music, fun direction and sparkling dialogue. In terms of performances, Wisdom makes the film for me, but he has some excellent foils also in the form of Alfred Marks and Andrew Cruishank. Then there is the comedy, There Was a Crooked Man in my opinion contains some of the best things Wisdom ever did. The bank robbery, the battle with the factory machinery and Brian Oulton taking a shower unaware that Wisdom is in the stall with him particularly stand out. In conclusion, a divine comedy and my favourite of a talented performer. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

The first half's fantastic

A rare Norman Wisdom movie, not included on any of the usual box sets, but surprisingly decent for the most part. The early plot-based narrative that sees Wisdom get involved with a gang of thieves, staging an elaborate heist, going to prison and then trying to make a go of it afterwards, is very well handled. The shower scene set-piece is one of the funniest of the actor's career. Sadly, once the final plotline involving impersonating an army general kicks into gear it tends to lose things a bit and gets a bit tedious towards the end; a shame the early quality didn't stay with it.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

One of Wisdom's best!

Although this is undoubtedly one of Norman Wisdom's most entertaining movies, you are not likely to see it in the near future despite the current revival this comedian is enjoying thanks to the present airing of his films on public TV.

The reason is simple. Television stations buy movies in batches or blocks or packages or in this case libraries. Usually, they don't bother to track down or buy individual films, no matter how great the demand. Wisdom's movies are part of the Rank library. Except for this one - and maybe two or three others. That's a pity because as stated, There Was a Crooked Man is not only very funny but highly ingenious and original. The comedian virtually plays a character role - and plays it rather well.

Stuart Burge's direction is often quite stylish and there is one really stand-out sequence in which Wisdom & Co. attempt to rob a hospital.

Arthur Ibbetson's photography shows the variations in quality that shooting on actual locations can give. The supporting cast is very, very good. Producer John Bryan has not spared the expense and the film is most lavishly produced.

In short, highly diverting and amusing.

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