Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: O Ilias Tou 16ou
Greece, 1959. Finos Film. Screenplay by Christos Giannakopoulos, Alekos Sakellarios, based on their play. Cinematography by Dinos Katsouridis. Music by Takis Morakis. Production Design by Markos Zervas. Costume Design by Sofia Karagianni. Film Editing by Dinos Katsouridis, Giorgos Tsaoulis.
Hilarious Greek comedy in which a quickly conceived, seemingly clever idea ends up blowing up in the faces of all involved. After overhearing a financially strapped couple work up a deal whereby the owner of a local café will take care of liquidating their jewels, endlessly inventive Elias convinces his friends that stealing valuables from a ritzy house is the best way to make quick cash. The gentlemen execute the robbery while Elias waits on the street dressed in a fake policeman’s uniform as lookout in case anyone comes along. Someone does, unfortunately, and it turns out to be a woman who believes that her friends have been robbed and need this “policeman’s” help. What ensues is a terrific comedy of errors replete with silly gags and blessed with a short enough running time for its peppy execution.