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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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Lawyer
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Clerk
Donald Oliver ...
Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor ...
Lady at Launching
Jeremy Roughton ...
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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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Tony Hancock: As a detective. See more »

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Opening the door to leave his brother's house after nearly being hit with a thrown vase, the Ralph Richardson character has two flowers in his left hand; there's then a cut to an exterior shot showing him emerging from the house flowerless. See more »

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[about parents]
Julia Finsbury: Oh, I only knew mine vaguely. My father was a missionary. He was eaten by his Bible class.
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The end credits are divided into sections, each preceded by an explanatory phrase as follows: for cast positions 1-9 "members of the tontine who came to untimely ends (in order of disappearance)"; for positions 10-17 "assisted by"; for positions 18-24 "The Finsbury Households"; for positions 25-53 "rest of cast in order of appearance" See more »

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

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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
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Sixties Victoriana
9 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sixties take offs of the Victorian era are usually very entertaining. All of the clichés of repression and morbidity are always very over the top and they are here. A woman falls madly in love with a man when she sees his arms, the salvation army stick their nose into everything. It is perhaps more insightful into the sixties than anything! This is by no means a master piece, frankly with such a stellar cast it is rather disappointing. The script tries too hard to be funny and the gags come too thick and fast , especially at the end, for the viewer to be able to follow, certainly it is very unlike the slower, more leisurely pace of Stevenson's book.

However it is certainly worth watching. If nothing else it contains one of my favourite lines ever 'Listen to me all you eggs'!


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