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On the Beat (1962)

| Comedy | 1963 (USA)
Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level ... See full summary »

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Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
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Rosanna Guardia
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Sir Ronald Ackroyd
David Lodge ...
Insp. Hobson
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Mrs. Timms
Eric Barker ...
Police Doctor
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Sgt. Lucilla Wilkins
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Oberon
Terence Alexander ...
Chief Supt. Bert Belcher
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Vince
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American Lady
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Manzini
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Police Sergeant
Campbell Singer ...
Bollington
Lionel Murton ...
Man in Underground Train
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Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level of chaos that only Norman could cause. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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When we first see Sgt. Wilkins she is walking into the salon. As she walks in we see that the backdrop of the street is in fact the same set which Norman entered in the opening scene which is used as the Police Station. See more »

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A wacky Wisdom comedy
13 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie fans who enjoy Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Abbott and Costello movies should like Norman Wisdom. This British comedy star of the mid- 20th century had a little bit of those comedians in his style. Yet, he had a character all his own.

"On the Beat" is a later film of his in which Wisdom plays Norman Pitkin, a wannabe Bobby. His father had been a policeman, but Norman can't get on the force because he's not tall enough to qualify. So, he has been working for Scotland Yard washing cars. He daydreams of being a crime- buster. Eventually, the right opportunity comes along and Norman impersonates an Italian underworld figure. He plays both roles and is very funny as Giulio Napolitani.

Pandemonium and hilarity break out from there on. I think this is one of his funniest films. It has one of the longest and funniest chases on foot ever filmed. "On the Beat" is sure to please anyone who enjoys just plain humor and crazy antics.


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