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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

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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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound Recording)
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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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Connections

References Rififi (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Charley, Take It Away
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur Le Clerq, Frederick Malcolm and Elvin Hedges
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24 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite films - although I agree Peter Sellers does not steal the show (for once), its the whole cast and their interaction which makes this film so special.

Lionel Jeffries gives a brilliant performance as an inept policeman and Bernard Cribbins role as 'Pearly Gates' gang-lord rival is superb. The plot is well covered on this site, but I would like to add that the robbery on the security van was filmed in Mill Rd, Uxbridge (by the canal bridge - the shop&pub are still there) and I think the airfield was Denham (again nr. Uxbridge).

A brilliant film - They just don't make 'em like that anymore!

On a similar thread I would recommend Norman Wisdom in 'On the Beat'- one of his best performances in my opinion, and Sellers again in 'Two-way stretch' if you're looking for a good laugh.


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