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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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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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Comedy | Crime

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17 May 1963 (Ireland)  »

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The white Ferrari that Peter Sellers pulls up in at the fairground is his own, its a 500 Superfast, one of only 6 in the country at the time. He loved it so much he is quoted as saying 'if it catches fire let it burn' because he wouldn't let anyone touch it. 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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Featured in John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (2012) 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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Maybe a classic...
15 April 2007 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers is, unusually, the quiet at the center of the storm that makes up the plot of this wonderfully funny film. He plays Pearly Gates, a criminal (and women's wear salesman), who learns that an Australian gang is dressing up as policemen, intercepting Pearly's mob in mid-theft and making off with the goods. He joins forces not only with the leader of a rival gang, who are also suffering from the Australian competition, but also with the police, who don't want their reputation besmirched.

Sellers is very good, but top acting honors go to Lionel Jefferies as the hopelessly idiotic policeman trying to prove himself by catching the criminals. Jefferies and Bernard Cribbins, as Nervous (the rival gang's leader), give expertly larger-than-life performances while getting their biggest laughs with throwaway lines and subtle bits of business (like Nervous finishing up his negotiations with Pearly by pulling out some family snaps). Cliff Owen's direction is very sharp and very fast, and allows a cast of experienced character actors to do their best work. Dennis Price displays flawless timing and delivery in a small, unbilled cameo. This film might just be a hidden classic.


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