The Wrong Box (1966)

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In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Lloyd ...
Brian Allen Harvey
James Villiers ...
Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
Graham Stark ...
Ian Scott Fife
Nicholas Parsons ...
Alan Frazer Scrope
Willoughby Goddard ...
James Whyte Wragg
Valentine Dyall ...
Oliver Pike Harmsworth
Vyvyan Alistair Montague
Hamilton Dyce ...
Derek Lloyd Peter Digby
Hilton Edwards ...
Timothy Bateson ...
Donald Oliver ...
Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Lady at Launching
Jeremy Roughton ...
Frank Singuineau ...
Native Bearer
Michael Lees ...
Young Digby


A tontine is established for twenty boys in 1818 England - a tontine being a kind of insurance wager in which money is invested by each participant, to grow with interest, with the last survivor to get the substantial payout. We watch the group dwindle until only two elderly brothers are left in 1882. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs; the other lives in ill health and poverty as the only support of his perpetually confused grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes, until everyone is sure that one (or both) of the brothers has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, over a hundred thousand pounds (in Victorian England, when a pound was a pound) will be theirs. Written by John Vogel <>

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Virtuous maidens...cunning cousins...dastardly deeds...bodies in barrels...and boxes and boxes of boxes!


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4 July 1966 (UK)  »

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13.000.000 dollaria zitoun klironomo  »

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English actor and comedian Patrick Cargill's scenes were cut out of the film. See more »


The solicitor says that the money has been returned, but the bank notes are seen blowing in the wind. See more »


[about parents]
Julia Finsbury: Oh, I only knew mine vaguely. My father was a missionary. He was eaten by his Bible class.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are divided into sections, each preceded by an explanatory phrase as follows: for cast positions 1-9 "members of the tontine who came to untimely ends (in order of disappearance)"; for positions 10-17 "assisted by"; for positions 18-24 "The Finsbury Households"; for positions 25-53 "rest of cast in order of appearance" See more »


References Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) See more »


Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played briefly on piano by Nanette Newman
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Misadventures and wry wit galore!
23 December 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've recently bought this video not only to hear the music, which I do enjoy, but to be honest, it's the amusing shenanigans of the fortune seekers which I find so amusing. What will they think of next! Of course Michael Caine is his charming, adorable self, and his lady love, Julia, is captivating in her Victorian role of modesty personified, such a charming couple. I never thought John Mills could be so funny as he plays his role to the hilt, being very active for an ailing elderly family member. Peter Sellers' role as the absentminded Dr. Pratt would be hard to top as a performance. He certainly has a way with kittens and ink! It's the highlight of the movie, I'd say. The ending is hilarious and I'm still trying to figure it out as there's confusion galore. Altogether a very enjoyable film that you won't forget.

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