A British petty criminal lies to his son about his frequent prison terms by inventing honorable plausible explanations for his absences from home but things get complicated when his son becomes a judge's assistant.
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When Percy Brand, a habitual confidence trickster, keeps being sent down, he goes to great lengths to ensure that his son Colin, does not find out about his criminal past. But when Colin becomes an assistant to the Judge, who is about to try Percy for his latest escapade, Percy and his gang have to come up with a plan, to stop them meeting in court. Written by
Michael Redgrave stars as a con man who desperately tries to conceal his crooked life from his budding lawyer son. However, that is easier said than done when he is tempted into smuggling Brandy and faces the prospect of appearing in court...in front of his oblivious son!.
Law and Disorder is directed by Charles Crichton (Hue and Cry, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt) and joining Redgrave in the cast are Robert Morley, Ronald Squire, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries & Jeremy Burnham. T.E.B. Clarke, Patrick Campbell & Vivienne Knight adapt for the screen from the novel "Smuggler's Circuit" written by Denys Roberts.
Ealing lite but still enough here to have the discerning British comedy fan grinning from ear to ear. Tho essential a one joke law and order lampoon premise, the writing is so bright in its set ups and the cast cast give it such effort (they all seem to be enjoying themselves), the thinness of the plot is easily forgiven. Redgrave lays on the charm and gentlemanly wit with consummate ease, and Hickson is a delight as Redgrave's card-sharping sister. But it's Morley's movie as a stern, never smiling judge who finds himself at the centre of the crooked goings on. A little known Brit effort that is is only shown once in a blue moon on terrestrial television. So if you get the chance to see it then take the plunge because it should put a smile on your face. 6.5/10
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