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The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  17 May 1963 (Ireland)
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The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that go one better. They dress as police and steal from the crooks. This ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pearly Gates
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Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker
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Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ...
Trainer King
Nanette Newman ...
Valerie
Bill Kerr ...
Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ...
Bluey May
Reg Lye ...
Reg Denton
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Assistant Commissioner
Graham Stark ...
Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ...
Superintendent J.S. Forest
Irene Browne ...
Dowager
Arthur Mullard ...
Brassknuckles
Dermot Kelly ...
Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ...
Annette
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The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that go one better. They dress as police 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 IPOs (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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17 May 1963 (Ireland)  »

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Gentlemenkillers  »

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Trivia

The part of Siggy Schmoltz, played by Tutte Lemkow, is voiced by Peter Sellers. 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. See more »

Quotes

Jack Coombes: They shipped enough crooks out to Australia. It's about time they had a few back here!
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References The League of Gentlemen (1960) 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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Nosey Parker, Nervous O'Toole............Pearly Gates.
29 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

London's crooks are finding that no matter what job they pull, the London Constabulary are waiting to feel their collars. All of which comes as a great surprise to the police as they know nothing about it. It appears that a new firm of antipodean crooks are on the manor, who are not only stealing from London's finest thieves, they are also impersonating police officers in the process. There's only one thing for it, the constabulary and the villains must unite to restore the standard police/criminal workings in London!

The British Crime Crooks Caper, when it comes to film, is a long and distinguished list, comprising of brilliant stuff like Ask A Policeman 1938, much loved stuff like The Italian Job 1969 and enjoyable fare like Too Many Crooks 1959. The Wrong Arm Of The Law 1963 falls into the latter category, hugely enjoyable with sharp scripting and performances to match. Boosted by the considerable writing talents of Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, the picture manages to steer well clear of being overtly twee, something that Crooks In Cloisters was guilty of the following year.

The humour on show here by and large comes courtesy of the unlikely alliance between London's good and bad elements, a code and adherence to rival ethics brings about some delightful mirth. Both parties are fierce rivals but there is still unwritten rules that both sides must follow, and thankfully the astute pen scribbling from Galton & Simpson creates some smashing set pieces and quite ridiculous {in a good way} scenarios. All of which would have gone to waste if the cast did not fulfil the scripts potential, but when you got Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and a quite fabulous Lionel Jeffries fronting your movie, you are definitely in good hands. The Wrong Arm Of The Law is highly recommended to anyone who loves an old fashioned British comedy. 7.5/10


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