It's Not Cricket (1949 film)

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It's Not Cricket

British pressbook
Directed by Alfred Roome
Roy Rich
Produced by Betty E. Box
Peter Rogers
Written by Gerard Bryant
Lyn Lockwood
Bernard McNabb
Starring Basil Radford
Naunton Wayne
Susan Shaw
Maurice Denham
Music by Arthur Wilkinson
Cinematography Gordon Lang
Edited by Esmond Seal
Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Release dates
April 1949
Running time
77 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

It's Not Cricket is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Alfred Roome and starring Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Susan Shaw and Maurice Denham. It is the second (after 1941's Crook's Tour) of two starring films for Radford and Wayne who appeared as supporting players in ten other films.[1] It was also one of the final films made by Gainsborough Pictures before the studio was merged into the Rank Organisation.


Major Bright and Captain Early are intelligence officers in the British army of occupation in post-World War 2 Germany. They are sent home on leave, but fail to notice that their new batman is actually wanted war criminal Otto Fisch. He vanishes on arrival in England and the two officers are punished by early demobilisation. Uncertain what to do in civvy street, they decide to utilise the "skills" they learned in the army and set up a private detective agency, "Bright and Early". They engage a secretary, Primrose Brown, but she's not very busy as they have as yet no clients.

Primrose's boyfriend/fiancee invites them all to a weekend country house party for a cricket match. But what they don't know is that the cricket ball they buy in London actually contains a valuable stolen diamond that Fisch has purloined. It has been hidden in the hollow ball by his friend and protector Mr Felix, who runs a sporting goods shop.

As the match gets under way, Fisch and Felix watch from the cover of the trees and manage to infiltrate the game, stealing the ball. A free-for-all chase ensues; Bright and Early manage to recover the ball and the diamond. They now become celebrities and don't lack for eager clients. Fisch is finally seen working for the detective agency, the two detectives still apparently unaware of his identity.



  1. It's Not Cricket at BFI Film & TV Database
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