Nothing but the Best is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Clive Donner based on the 1952 short story 'The Best of Everything' by Stanley Ellin.

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Aston (Robert Shaw), a quiet, reserved man, lives alone in a top-floor cluttered room of a small abandoned house in a poor London district. He befriends and takes in Mac Davies (Donald ... See full summary »

Directed by Clive Donner and shot by Nicolas Roeg.

Will he get away with it?  It seems not at one point, as in a twist of fate it tranpsires that Charles is the wayward son of Mr Horton and, as James ('Jimmy' has quietly been abandoned) is about to marry Ann, also James' brother-in-law; and the trunk literally comes back to haunt him:

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Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor ... See full summary »

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will do anything to get rich and be the most successful businessman in Britian-even if it means murder!!! Written by Anonymous

Brewster then has a piece of luck which he immediately sees as a opportunity not to be missed; he meets Charles Prince (Denholm Elliott), a dissolute but fully paid up member of the upper class, who by chance used to work at Horton's until he was sacked for forging cheques.  As Charles is currently 'between digs' Jimmy offers to put him up (and to put up with him) in return for one thing: a chance to take on the trappings and style which he craves but has been denied to him by birth.

Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will do anything to get rich and be the most successful businessman in Britian-even if it means murder!!!

A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.

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 »

The next day we see Brewster at work, in more ways than one, as he starts to climb the greasy pole:

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Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain ... See full summary »

He is courting Nadine (Lucinda Curtis), the receptionist at the firm, but he has already ruled out any idea that she is going to play any major part in his life:  "I can cope with this kind of chick with my eyes shut. She's strictly League Division Three but one has to keep in practice.  Sooner or later of course she'll have to go but meanwhile..."

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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

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Sublime! The first 2min aren't so hot, but stick around. Omigosh, I wanted to rewatch it immediately, that hasn't happened forever. If you like Whit Stillman, or Roger Dodger def check this out, great rapid fire dialogue, great English class commentary. So much better than something like Darling w/ Julie Christie. Yes, it's a young man's fantasy, but a female reviewer on amazon.co.uk said "is it not more popular because it's too perfect? 5 stars!"

In a seaside village, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling ... See full summary »

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

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Brewster is not yet in the clear though, as the film has a couple more twists and turns to play out, but what they are I'll leave for you to find out.  The DVD is now available for about £6, in a fine restoration of the original print, colour cinematography by Nicolas Roeg.

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britian's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of ... See full summary »

Alan Bates, Denholm Elliott, Harry Andrews, Millicent Martin and Pauline Delaney, all makes this satirical black comedy a DELIGHT to watch.

Nothing But The Best (1964)

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An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

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So many great lines, watched it over my Saturday morning coffee and was glowing all day long. DVD isn't out till June, but it's streaming here www.rarefilmm.com/2014/03/nothing-but-best-1964.html

When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort.

Robert Murphy puts this relationship, quite rightly in my view, at the heart of the film, stating:

Charles, for his part, is only too glad of the chance to have his lifestyle - no work, plenty of time for drink, billiards, betting and doing bugger all for as long as possible - paid for, and so embarks on a crash course for Jimmy - "another ambitious yob", as he puts it - in 'living the lifestyle', as this clip demonstrates:  

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