The Counterfeit Plan

The Counterfeit Plan is a 1957 British crime film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Zachary Scott and Peggie Castle.[1]

The Counterfeit Plan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMontgomery Tully
Produced byAlec C. Snowden
Richard Gordon
Written byJames Eastwood
StarringZachary Scott
Peggie Castle
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Edited byGeoffrey Mulla
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Release date
  • 1 January 1957 (1957-01-01)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A gang of criminals, led by sociopath Max Brandt (Zachary Scott), escape from France and set up a counterfeit operation to make British £5 and American $1 notes in the cellar of a large English country house now owned by Louie Bernard (Mervyn Johns). Brandt forces Bernard, who worked for the British Government during WW2 making foreign counterfeit currency, to make the master die plates by holding his daughter, Carole (Peggie Castle), an artist, as a hostage. When Bernard finds out that Brandt has tried to rape his daughter and has killed his housekeeper, Gerta (Chili Bouchier), because she witnessed the attempted rape, he anonymously posts one of the forged £5 notes to the police with a letter describing the counterfeit operation. When Brandt is told about this by Duke (Lee Patterson) he confronts Bernard. Meanwhile, the police slowly close in on the gang's headquarters.

The film features professional snooker world champion Horace Lindrum in a small role playing himself. This is used as cover for one of the meetings with other criminals to discuss the sale of the forged British £5 notes to them. Another similar meeting is camouflaged as a boxing match.



The film was the first of three between Amalgamated Productions and Anglo-Amalgamated. It was very popular in the UK.[2]


  1. The Counterfeit Plan at the BFI Database
  2. Tom Weaver, The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon, Bear Manor Media 2011 p 19

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