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The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

 -  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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Pearly Gates
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Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker
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Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ...
Trainer King
Nanette Newman ...
Valerie
William Henry Kerr ...
Jack Coombes (as Bill Kerr)
Ed Devereaux ...
Bluey May
Reg Lye ...
Reg Denton
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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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Comedy | Crime

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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

When Inspector Parker and the other police officers arrive at Battersea Fun Fair to meet Pearly Gates, their taxis park in front of a generator lorry that was being used for lighting the scenes, and was not associated with the fun fair. 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 Maigret (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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Genuinely entertaining comedy with absurd and funny situations
25 January 2010 | by See 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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