8 user 4 critic

Crooks in Cloisters (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 11 August 1964 (UK)
Having pulled off the smallest ever train robbery, Little Walter and his crew decide to get out of London. The six of them set up business in a disused monastery off the Cornish coast, ... See full summary »


Jeremy Summers


T.J. Morrison (screenplay), Mike Watts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Go to Blazes (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After yet another smash-and-grab goes wrong, a bungling trio of small-time crooks flash an idea of using a fire engine as a getaway vehicle. But they keep being mistaken for genuine firemen and it starts to become a flaming nuisance.

Director: Michael Truman
Stars: Dave King, Robert Morley, Daniel Massey
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A television given as a retirement present is sold on to different households, causing misery each time.

Director: Anthony Pelissier
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling
Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Donald Sinden, Anthony Steel, Anna Maria Sandri
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie
The Green Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden
Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Scientists are looking for a man to send up to be the first man on the moon. A man immune to worry, disease and even the common cold. They think they have found him until the impossible happens at Woomera...

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Kenneth More, Shirley Anne Field, Norman Bird
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals, but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Henry B. Longhurst, Edith Sharpe, Ian Carmichael
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits in a German POW camp find their new acerbic fellow prisoner is a key officer who must be got out at all cost.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter
Jet Storm (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley
Carry On Jack (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This is the tale of Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman (although he took 8 1/2 years to qualify). He joins the frigate Venus, and adventures through Spanish waters, mutinee... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Cribbins
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An American airline firm plans to buy a new British passenger plane, but the deal hits trouble when the plane's designer, Jack Hopkins (Michael Craig), and Kathy Fisher (Anne Helm), the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Michael Craig, Anne Helm, Jeff Donnell
The Moonraker (1958)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After the battle of Worcester at the end of the Civil War, the main aim of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth is to capture Charles Stuart. The future king's escape depends on the intrepid Earl... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald
Stars: George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Marius Goring


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Fraser ... Walt
Barbara Windsor ... Bikini
Grégoire Aslan ... Lorenzo (as Gregoire Aslan)
Bernard Cribbins ... Squirts
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Specs
Melvyn Hayes ... Willy
Wilfrid Brambell ... Phineas
Joseph O'Conor ... Father Septimus
Corin Redgrave ... Brother Lucius
Francesca Annis ... June
Patricia Laffan ... Lady Florence
Alister Williamson ... Mungo
Norman Chappell ... Benson
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Ship's Chandler
Howard Douglas ... Publican


Having pulled off the smallest ever train robbery, Little Walter and his crew decide to get out of London. The six of them set up business in a disused monastery off the Cornish coast, despite the fact that none of them really qualifies as a monk - least of all Walter's moll Bikini. Bit by bit, the quiet way of life starts becoming a habit. Written by Jeremy Perkins

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Crime


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

11 August 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nicht mit uns, Herr Kommissar See more »

Filming Locations:

Portloe, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


First feature film of Corin Redgrave. See more »


Tall man on monastery tour: So encouraging to hear of all your hopes and plans.
Walt: Yes, we're stacked right up with hopes and plans.
See more »


Featured in Barbara Windsor: A Comedy Roast (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Both daft & amusingly engaging.
12 September 2015 | by Hotwok2013See all my reviews

"Crooks In Cloisters" is the kind of comic movie that is unlikely to be ever made again, mores the pity. After a gang of London thieves rob a train their leader Walter (Ronald Fraser) finds a place for them to hide out until the heat dies down. It is a disused monastery on an island off the coast of Cornwall. They disguise themselves as monks & eventually get used to & even like their new lives. Brother Willy (Melvyn Hayes) becomes a pig farmer whilst Brother Squirts (Bernard Cribbins) gets himself a pet goat and collects apples from the orchard. Brother Lorenzo (Gregoire Aslan) tends the vineyard & Brother Specs (Davy Kaye) gets lumbered with milking the cows. Barbara Windsor plays the Father Superior Walt's gangsters moll Bikini & as she is very obviously a woman she is easily the most preposterous monk of them all. Walt wants her to prepare the gangs meals & she tells him she can't cook so he gets Squirts to buy a cookbook on a visit to the mainland. When they get a visit by a couple of genuine monks Walt tells Specs in his thick Cockney accent to, "Keep your trap shut. You know how bad you talk". Squirts is a heavy gambler & is the owner of a greyhound. He asks a local fisherman visitor from the mainland, Phineas (Wilfred Brambell) to place a £100 bet on the dogs at Hackney races. It wins costing the bookmaker a lot of money. The bookie complains to a detective from Scotland Yard who immediately becomes suspicious. Phineas grand-daughter June is played by the beautiful young Francesca Annis who Willy falls in love with. When Walt decides it is time to leave the rest of the gang have got used to their new lives & are reluctant to do so. Bikini has become a good cook & is particularly annoyed. Walt tells the them, "Get on her!. She didn't know that chips was made from taters until she read it in that book I bought her". The gang are just leaving their hideout when detectives from London roll up, but they are too late & get caught. Willy had left slightly earlier with his beloved June & is the only gang member to escape the law. The reviews by others for this movie are somewhat mixed but I liked "Crooks In Cloisters" a lot.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed