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The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 17 May 1963 (Ireland)
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 Denton
Assistant Commissioner
Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ...
Superintendent J.S. Forest
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Meet the Mastermind Who Pulls the Strings in the Underworld...and all his mobs and dolls...filling the London fog with laughter and lunacy!!!


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Release Date:

17 May 1963 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Gentlemenkillers  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)
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The part of Siggy Schmoltz, played by Tutte Lemkow, is voiced by Peter Sellers. See more »


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 »


Jack Coombes: They shipped enough crooks out to Australia. It's about time they had a few back here!
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References Rififi (1955) See more »


Oh Charley, Take It Away
Written by Arthur Le Clerq, Frederick Malcolm and Elvin Hedges
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Nicely paced English cops and robbers comedy, with an excellent central idea, and wonderful, innocent sense of fun. Great dialogue and snappy direction.
5 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I loved this when it was first released. 45 years later, it hasn't lost much of its charm. It boasts a great central idea, which develops into one of the most pleasurable, fast-moving loads of innocent nonsense I've seen in a long while. Peter Sellers is on good form, as are comedy co- horts, Bernard Cribbins, John Le Mesurier, Lionel Jeffries, Sam Kydd, and Dennis Price (as Educated Ernest)...even Nanette Newman does a good job. The dialogue is full of the sort of English dagginess made even more popular at the time by co-writers Galton & Simpson; it's great to hear people called 'nit' or 'berk' and the police referred to as the 'bogeys'. And it's not just nostalgia. Cliff Owen's direction seems to get the best out of everyone. Not all of it still works, but it won't detain you, and if you've a taste for British comedy of this era, it won't disappoint. There was a cheap VHS available a few years ago with inaudible sound. I saw the version broadcast by ABCTV in Australia - excellent quality.

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