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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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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
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Reg Denton
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Assistant Commissioner
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Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ...
Superintendent J.S. Forest
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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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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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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Early uncredited appearance by Billy Murray, background, right hand side, in meeting of crooks featuring Dennis Price and Marianne Stone (also uncredited) 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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Connections

Featured in John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (2012) 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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