The Great Van Robbery

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The Great Van Robbery
"The Great Van Robbery" (1959).jpg
Directed by Max Varnel
Written by Brian Clemens
Produced by
Cinematography James Wilson (as Jimmy Wilson)
Edited by Maurice Rootes
Music by Albert Elms (uncredited)
Danziger Productions
Distributed by United Artists (US)
Release dates
  • January 1959 (1959-01)(UK)
  • 1963 (1963)(US)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Great Van Robbery is a low budget 1959 British crime film. [1]



Scotland Yard teams up with Interpol to discover the origins of stolen money in a private bank account in Rio de Janeiro. Assigning their best detective Caesar Smith to the case, the money is soon traced to a robbery from a Royal Mint van. Investigations lead to a coffee storehouse where a worker is found murdered and the remaining loot discovered.



The Britmovie website has referred to it as a "routine British crime thriller from second-feature specialists the Danziger Brothers. Denis Shaw convincingly plays Interpol detective Caesar Smith and belies his hefty build to display a nifty line in judo and self-defence." [2]

The camera operator on the film was the future film director Nicolas Roeg. [3]

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