MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,168 this week

The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  17 May 1963 (Ireland)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,074 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 12 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

Graham Stark obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Graham Stark obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1257 titles
created 02 Sep 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 04 Jun 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 07 Mar 2013
 
a list of 20 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Wrong Arm of the Law.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, ... See full summary »

Directors: Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own.

Directors: Clive Donner, Richard Talmadge
Stars: Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a widow's husband gets murdered in cold blood, Inspector Clouseau is back on the job leaving Maria, the widow to be the suspect. However, Clouseau struggles the overwhelming evidence as the true suspect is still out there.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines.

Director: Maclean Rogers
Stars: Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rich Sadie Patch is marooned on a desert island after an emergency on her cruise-ship. With her are Irish stoker Pat, prickly young Jimmy Carrol, and bald and bookish Professor Gibble. All ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley
Stars: Joan Collins, George Cole, Kenneth More
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

Director: David Paltenghi
Stars: Brian Reece, Margot Grahame, Raymond Huntley
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Ted Kneeland
Stars: Gemma Craven, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Peter Sellers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pearly Gates
...
Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker
...
Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ...
Trainer King
Nanette Newman ...
Valerie
Bill Kerr ...
Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ...
Bluey May
Reg Lye ...
Reg Denton
...
Graham Stark ...
Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ...
Superintendent J.S. Forest
Irene Browne ...
Dowager
Arthur Mullard ...
Brassknuckles
Dermot Kelly ...
Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ...
Annette
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 May 1963 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Gentlemenkillers  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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!
See more »

Connections

References Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Charley, Take It Away
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur Le Clerq, Frederick Malcolm and Elvin Hedges
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Some help finding... MH5adam70
Locations carlin4737
DVD Aspect Ratio john2win
George Takei RogerDodge
DVD Aspect Ratio john2win
Discuss The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?