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Director:
Writers:
Ray Galton (written by) &
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Release Date:
10 June 1963 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nosey Parker, Nervous O'Toole............Pearly Gates. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Pearly Gates

Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker

Bernard Cribbins ... Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye ... Trainer King
Nanette Newman ... Valerie
Bill Kerr ... Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ... Bluey May
Reg Lye ... Reg Denton

John Le Mesurier ... 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
Tutte Lemkow ... Siggy Schmoltz
Barry Keegan ... Alf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Caine ... Police Station PC (uncredited)
Dick Emery ... Man in Flat 307 (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Van Driver (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Police Station Sergeant (uncredited)
John Junkin ... Maurice (uncredited)

Dennis Price ... Educated Ernest (uncredited)
Cardew Robinson ... Mailman (uncredited)
Harold Siddons ... PC in Basement Garage (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... Police Station PC (uncredited)
Gerald Sim ... Airfield Official (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman in Front Row at Meeting (uncredited)
Davina Taylor ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Cliff Owen 
 
Writing credits
Ray Galton (written by) &
Alan Simpson (written by) &
John Antrobus (written by)

John Warren  writer &
Len Heath  screenplay

Ivor Jay (story) &
William Whistance Smith (story)

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Cecil F. Ford .... associate producer
Robert Velaise .... executive producer
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tristam Cones 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Harry White 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hair stylist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Baird .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nigel Curzon .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Howell .... sound recordist
Allan Morrison .... sound editor
Tony Cripps .... boom operator (uncredited)
Wally Nelson .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
Ray Hearne .... still photographer (uncredited)
Christopher Neame .... camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Smith .... wardrobe (as Jimmy Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Graham Harris .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Robert Ellis .... title designer
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Maureen Gregson .... publicist (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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94 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Oh Charley, Take It AwaySee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nosey Parker, Nervous O'Toole............Pearly Gates., 29 March 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

London's crooks are finding that no matter what job they pull, the London Constabulary are waiting to feel their collars. All of which comes as a great surprise to the police as they know nothing about it. It appears that a new firm of antipodean crooks are on the manor, who are not only stealing from London's finest thieves, they are also impersonating police officers in the process. There's only one thing for it, the constabulary and the villains must unite to restore the standard police/criminal workings in London!

The British Crime Crooks Caper, when it comes to film, is a long and distinguished list, comprising of brilliant stuff like Ask A Policeman 1938, much loved stuff like The Italian Job 1969 and enjoyable fare like Too Many Crooks 1959. The Wrong Arm Of The Law 1963 falls into the latter category, hugely enjoyable with sharp scripting and performances to match. Boosted by the considerable writing talents of Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, the picture manages to steer well clear of being overtly twee, something that Crooks In Cloisters was guilty of the following year.

The humour on show here by and large comes courtesy of the unlikely alliance between London's good and bad elements, a code and adherence to rival ethics brings about some delightful mirth. Both parties are fierce rivals but there is still unwritten rules that both sides must follow, and thankfully the astute pen scribbling from Galton & Simpson creates some smashing set pieces and quite ridiculous {in a good way} scenarios. All of which would have gone to waste if the cast did not fulfil the scripts potential, but when you got Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and a quite fabulous Lionel Jeffries fronting your movie, you are definitely in good hands. The Wrong Arm Of The Law is highly recommended to anyone who loves an old fashioned British comedy. 7.5/10

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