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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:
Pearly Gates
Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker
Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ...
Trainer King
Nanette Newman ...
Bill Kerr ...
Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ...
Bluey May
Reg Lye ...
Reg Denton
Assistant Commissioner
Graham Stark ...
Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ...
Superintendent J.S. Forest
Irene Browne ...
Arthur Mullard ...
Dermot Kelly ...
Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ...


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 <>

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17 May 1963 (Ireland)  »

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In the police station on "no crime" night, one of the coppers can be seen reading a comic book based on the US TV show Car 54, Where Are You? (1961). Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne can be seen on the cover. See more »


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 »


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Charming, timeless and reassuring
8 November 2001 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

The Wrong Arm of the Law:A charming evocation of a kind of reassuring never-neverland, populated by loveable rogues and dimwitted but honest cops. Of course the crime underworld was never like this, but when the horrors of the modern world seem to crowd in on me, this is just the kind of amusing escapist whimsy I love to take solace in.

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