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On the Beat (1962)

 -  Comedy  -  1963 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
Jennifer Jayne ...
Rosanna Guardia
Raymond Huntley ...
Sir Ronald Ackroyd
David Lodge ...
Insp. Hobson
Esma Cannon ...
Mrs. Timms
Eric Barker ...
Police Doctor
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Sgt. Lucilla Wilkins
Ronnie Stevens ...
Oberon
Terence Alexander ...
Chief Supt. Bert Belcher
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Vince
Dilys Laye ...
American Lady
George Pastell ...
Manzini
Jack Watson ...
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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As the COPPER who comes a CROPPER! See more »

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ON THE BEAT (Robert Asher, 1962) **1/2
25 August 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Norman Wisdom tries his hand at yet another favorite environment with star comedians: police-work. On the whole, this is one of his better vehicles - with Norman once again in a dual role, as wannabe-policeman simpleton and Italian gangster covering as a hairstylist (whom, needless to say, the former ends up impersonating); the level of the gags is par for the course though the film is, ultimately, overlong (with the 'good' Norman predictably falling for - and sheltering - the gangster's fleeing moll and a tendency towards gay jokes in the hairdressing scenes!). Still, all things considered, the film isn't up to the standard of Laurel & Hardy's classic short THE MIDNIGHT PATROL (1933) - let alone the genius of Keaton's COPS (1922) or Chaplin's EASY STREET (1917)...


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