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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Allen Harvey
James Villiers ...
Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
Ian Scott Fife
Dick Gregory ...
Leicester Young Fielding
Nicholas Parsons ...
Alan Fraser Scrope
Willoughby Goddard ...
James White Wragg
Oliver Pike Harmsworth
Vyvyan Alistair Montague
Hamilton Dyce ...
Derek Lloyd Peter Digby
Donald Oliver ...
Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Lady at Launching
Jeremy Roughton ...
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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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

13.000.000 dollaria zitoun klironomo  »

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1.66 : 1
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English actor and comedian Patrick Cargill's scenes were cut out of the film. See more »


The Union Flag planted by Graham Stark's mountaineer "In the name of the Queen" is upside down. See more »


Morris Finsbury: Now what we need is a venal doctor.
John Finsbury: But - Uncle Joseph's dead! It's too late!
Morris Finsbury: Not for him, for us! Now, you remember that chambermaid you got into... um...
John Finsbury: ...thing.
Morris Finsbury: Thing. Who was the doctor who did the, um...
John Finsbury: ...thing. Uh, Pratt, Dr. Pratt.
Morris Finsbury: Was he venal?
John Finsbury: I - I didn't like to ask.
Morris Finsbury: Well, did he do the...
John Finsbury: ...thing. Yes.
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"Certain funeral & military airs played by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Temperance Seven who actually number eight" See more »


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


A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
In the score for Michael and Julia's kissing scenes
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One Of The Ten Best
24 December 1998 | by 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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