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The Wrong Box (1966)

 -  Adventure | Comedy | Crime  -  4 July 1966 (UK)
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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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Brian Allen Harvey
James Villiers ...
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Graham Stark ...
Ian Scott Fife
Nicholas Parsons ...
Alan Frazer Scrope
Willoughby Goddard ...
James Whyte Wragg
Valentine Dyall ...
Oliver Pike Harmsworth
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Vyvyan Alistair Montague
Hamilton Dyce ...
Derek Lloyd Peter Digby
Hilton Edwards ...
Lawyer
Timothy Bateson ...
Clerk
Donald Oliver ...
Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Lady at Launching
Jeremy Roughton ...
Bugler
Frank Singuineau ...
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Michael Lees ...
Young Digby
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A tontine is established for a dozen children, a tontine being a kind of bet/insurance, money is put in for each to grow with interest and the last survivor is to get the lot. We watch the group dwindle until only two brothers are left. 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 fairly stupid grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes until everyone is sure someone has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, hundreds of thousands of pounds (in Victorian England when a pound was a pound) will be theirs. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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


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13.000.000 dollaria zitoun klironomo  »

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Actor Michael Caine would later again be directed about a couple years later by Bryan Forbes in Deadfall (1968) but the pair in the 1950s had also both worked on The Key (1958) and Breakout (1959). See more »

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

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Joseph Finsbury: [carrying on a one-sided conversation with the Bournemouth Strangler] Ahh, the avocational activities of man are many and varied. Some demand skill - yours for instance! Carpentry... the playing of games with balls of various sizes!
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Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Sung a cappella by Cicely Courtneidge, Diane Clare and other Salvation Army girls
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Wilfrid Lawson deserves an academy award!
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You will never find a better performance by an elderly butler -- John Gielgud, eat your heart out, Arthur doesn't come close -- than Wilfrid Lawson in this wacky, well written flick. Larry Gelbart at his best. Rent it...if you like to laugh, you'll enjoy it!


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