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The Wrong Box (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 4 July 1966 (UK)
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 ...
Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
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Ian Scott Fife
Dick Gregory ...
Leicester Young Fielding
Nicholas Parsons ...
Alan Fraser Scrope
Willoughby Goddard ...
James White Wragg
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Oliver Pike Harmsworth
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Vyvyan Alistair Montague
Hamilton Dyce ...
Derek Lloyd Peter Digby
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Clerk
Donald Oliver ...
Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Lady at Launching
Jeremy Roughton ...
Bugler
Frank Singuineau ...
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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 <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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Trivia

Peter Cook's wife, Wendy was nine months pregnant when filming began. Director Bryan Forbes promised them that he would let Peter leave the set as soon as Wendy went into labor. He kept his word, and Peter made it to the hospital just in time for the birth of his daughter, Daisy. Forbes, Dudley Moore, Michael Caine, and Peter Sellers filled his dressing room with flowers and champagne, in celebration of Daisy's birth, when he returned to work. See more »

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In the aftermath of the train wreck scene, the background sounds (i.e., muttering and exclamatory crowd noises) are "looped" mercilessly, the same few seconds of "babble" are repeated at least ten or fifteen times in a few minutes. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Pratt: Well, it'll cost you five shillings.
Morris Finsbury: Price is no object.
Doctor Pratt: Right. Ten shillings, then. Payable in advance.
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"Certain funeral & military airs played by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Temperance Seven who actually number eight" See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode #17.7 (1966) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander, from "Hymns for Little Children" (1838)
Sung a cappella by Cicely Courtneidge, Diane Clare and other Salvation Army girls
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Undiscovered Classic!
11 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film purely by accident and had never heard of it. I now cannot believe this isn't a hugely famous film and seems not to be recognised as the classic it is. I would go as fa as saying this is one of the finest British comedies of all time! The amazing cast list should be recommendation to anyone and why this film isn't well known when it contains some of the finest screen performances of some great British talent is quite beyond me. It is by far Bryan Forbes best film as this is brilliantly and perfectly directed. The fantastic actors are beautifully restrained when necessary and note perfect throughout, which is a credit to Forbes as well as to each actor. It is excellently well filmed and interestingly structured. All elements are used flawlessly. The editing is brilliant with sound and picture from the end of one scene/shot being cut/combined to great comedic effect with the next scene/shot's start.

The script and story are hilarious and keep a fast but not rushed pace until the slightly rushed ending which is the only slight shame but it is not a bad ending at all and does not detract from the whole films appeal.

The cast are universally superb with many career best performances albeit in small parts. Peter Sellers is extraordinary and so so funny as Dr. Pratt. A perfect performance and truly stupendous in his interactions with his pet kitten! Tony Hancock is also brilliant in a cameo, showing his comic talent on the big screen.

Peter Cook has never come close to being this good in another film in my opinion. He is brilliant and restrained. The only time I've seen him as funny in a film as he was on TV. Dudley Moore is also very funny and Michael Caine is just right in an early role.

Legends John Mills and Ralph Richardson are at their incredible best but best of all is Wilfred Lawson as the butler Peacock. He is mesmerising, unbelievably funny and it is one of the greatest comedy characterisations I've seen.

Lawson gives a genius performance in a genius film where from the smallest part to the stars, everyone is perfect and almost everything is perfectly executed. A total surprise classic!


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