|Once a Crook|
|Directed by||Herbert Mason|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Written by||Roger Burford|
|Edited by||R. E. Dearing|
|Distributed by||20th Century-Fox|
Once a Crook is a 1941 British crime film directed by Herbert Mason, produced by Edward Black for 20th Century Fox and featuring Gordon Harker, Sydney Howard, Bernard Lee, Kathleen Harrison, and Raymond Huntley. It is an adaptation to the big screen from a stage play by Evadne Price and Ken Attiwell.
Charlie Hopkins (Gordon Harker) is a retired burglar with an expertise in safecracking. His ex-partner The Duke (Bernard Lee) holds a grudge against Charlie, since he believes he ratted him out and sent him to jail. The Duke is out for revenge against Charlie, and hires Bill Hopkins (Cyril Cusack), Charlie's son, to help him perform a hit, with an intention to frame the kid. The Duke's plan doesn't work out, since Bill turns out to be an even better safecracker than his old man. After many complications along the road, the hit is a success, and The Duke is bereaved of his revenge, ultimately stopped by his good-hearted sweetheart, Estelle (Carla Lehmann).
- Gordon Harker as Charlie Hopkins
- Sydney Howard as Hallelujah Harry
- Kathleen Harrison as Auntie
- Carla Lehmann as Estelle
- Bernard Lee as The Duke
- Cyril Cusack as Bill Hopkins
- Diana King as Bessie
- Joss Ambler as Inspector Marsh
- Charles Lamb as Joseph
- Raymond Huntley as Prison Governor
- Felix Aylmer as King's Counsel
- John Salew as Solicitor
- Wally Patch as Warder
- Frank Pettingell as The Captain
- "Once a Crook (1941)".
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