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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Lloyd ...
Brian Allen Harvey
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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 ...
Native Bearer
Michael Lees ...
Young Digby
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime

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4 July 1966 (UK)  »

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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

Morris Finsbury: I collect eggs, Doctor.
Doctor Pratt: Eggs, yes. Oh, I enjoy an egg myself, yes. They don't make good pets, though; you can never get them in at night.
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Crazy Credits

"Certain funeral & military airs played by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Temperance Seven who actually number eight" See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

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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See it for Peacock
11 August 2005 | by (Asheboro, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

There are many reasons to enjoy this film. It is a catalogue of English comic and serious actors, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore not the least among them. But this show belongs to the bit players. Wilfrid Lawson as Peacock is superb. I hope he garnered enough attention from this role to cap off his career. Bit and character players are a special breed.

The film is vaguely psychedelic. The art nouveau lettering on title cards fits in with the Haight Ashbury tone of the times. The plot is solid and humorous throughout yet it depends on the basic slapstick for its conclusion.

Well-written, well-acted, well-directed, well-conceived. A treat.


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