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The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 17 May 1963 (Ireland)
In London, when Australian gangsters disguised as "Bobbies" rob British criminals, the panicked British mobsters seek an alliance with Scotland Yard in order to eliminate the foreign competition and return things to "normal".

Director:

Cliff Owen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Pearly Gates
Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Parker
Bernard Cribbins ... Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Trainer King
Nanette Newman ... Valerie
Bill Kerr ... Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ... Bluey May
Reg Lye ... Reg Denton
John Le Mesurier ... Assistant Commissioner
Graham Stark ... Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ... Superintendent Forest
Irene Browne ... Dowager
Arthur Mullard ... Brassknuckles
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ... Annette
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Storyline

The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that goes one better. They dress as Police Officers and steal from the crooks. This upset's the natural order of the Police/criminal relationship, and the Police and the crooks join forces to catch the impersonating Police Officers, including an armored car robbery in which the Police must help the gangs to set a trap. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Meet the Mastermind Who Pulls the Strings in the Underworld...and all his mobs and dolls...filling the London fog with laughter and lunacy!!!

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1963 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Falesná ruka zákona See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Scandinavian actor Tutte Lemkow played the German safecracker, "Siggy Schmultz". He appeared in many British movies and usually voiced himself (though many of his roles were non-speaking). Here, however, he was dubbed by Peter Sellers, which means that in Lemkow's scenes, Sellers can actually be heard conducting conversations with himself. See more »

Goofs

In the first bank robbery, the robbers drive away from the bank, but in the next shot they are seen approaching the bank again from the opposite direction as the IPO mob divert them down a side street where they are lined up against a wall directly opposite the bank.

The first shop they pass after leaving the bank is an International Stuffs shop. The next shop has an awning pulled down from a higher level than the International Stuffs shop. It also has an arched opening just above the awning. When the IPO divert them down a side street, they are again in front of an International Stuffs shop, but the next shop has a smaller awning, a name sign above it and no arched opening above that (a different facade altogether), and thus, not the same location. No other buildings are shown in full, so it cannot be assumed that they are in the same location simply based on one shop being the same. As it is called International, however, it can be assumed that there are more than one, particularly a fictitious one. And, as stated before, the shop next door is entirely different. See more »

Quotes

[Pearly Gates has arrange to meet Inspector "Nosy" Parker on a roundabout at a funfair]
Inspector Parker: [complaining] I suppose this is your idea of a joke. Battersea Funfair. Fancy having a meeting on a thing like this.
Pearly Gates: I must admit, the idea of a load of bogeys going round in circles did appeal to me, yeah.
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References Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) See more »

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Oh Charley, Take It Away
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Written by Arthur Le Clerq, Frederick Malcolm and Elvin Hedges
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Genuinely entertaining comedy with absurd and funny situations
25 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Amusing comedy has Aussie swindlers trio being chased by Scotland Yard as well as thieves because they have been posing as policemen and confiscating pillage from apprehended robbers . The Australian bunch being informed by Valerie(Nanette Newman), fiancée of Pearly (Peter Sellers), the leader of a group of inept crooks . Then the criminals organize a convention among the main robbers (Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins) and scheme a plan. After that , there happens a meeting between chief thieves and cops (Lionel Jeffries, John Le Musurier) which takes place at a merry-go-round. Later on, they set up a trap to track them down.

Agreeable spoof comedy in ¨Ealing¨ style packs some very funny and wacky moments . This is a classic British comedy of the 60s in the wake of ¨ Lavender hill mob¨ that is clearly its inspiration . Enjoyable argument divides his satirical jibes between the underworld crooks and police . It contains sympathetic performance of Peter Sellers , Bernard Cribbins and special mention for Lionel Jeffries as unfortunate cop. Secondary intervention by Dennis Price as educated crook and cameo role by Michael Caine in the Police Station. Furthermore Graham Stark as likable thief , formerly becoming into usual 'Pink Panther' series. Atmospheric score by Richard Rodney Bennett with jazzy sound in the main titles. Appropriate cinematography in black and white by Ernest Steward. The picture is well and originally directed by Cliff Owen. He is a habitual director for television and an expert on comedy as he proved in ¨ No sex please : we're British¨, ¨The bawdy adventures of Tom Jones¨ , ¨A man could get killed¨ and several others. The flick will appeal to Peter Sellers fans and Brit comedy enthusiast . Rating : Good and better than average English comedy. This is one of the few enduringly funny films in British cinema of the 60.


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