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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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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
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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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Joseph Finsbury: [riding with the Hackett funeral party] It is, as you know, a statistical fact that in London one person dies every twenty-five seconds - which means that it is extremely probable that one of us may not even live to arrive at the ceremony!
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One Of The Ten Best
24 December 1998 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

Without question, I would put THE WRONG BOX on any list of the ten best movies ever made. Certainly, to my mind, it is the most perfectly conceived and realized comedy to appear in my lifetime (and I have been around for a long spell). All the performances are flawless, but Peter Sellers's Dr. Pratt is, I believe, the best work he ever did on the screen. His characterization is hilariously funny and, at the same time, heart-wrenchingly poignant. It is worth the price of the film simply to see what he does with the kitten and the thermometer (No, not what you expect). I have always suspected that he and Peter Cook improvised their dialogue and these two brilliant satirists display a give-and-take of such high wit and subtlety that it is probably unique in cinema.

An amazing, wonderful, happy motion picture. THE WRONG BOX is a classic.


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