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The Boys in Blue (1984)

Sgt. Cannon (Tommy Cannon) and PC Ball (Bobby Ball) run the police station in the quiet town of Little Botham. When the station is threatened with closure due to a lack of crime, they ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (additional material) (as Sid Green) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ball ...
P.C. Bobby Ball
Tommy Cannon ...
Sergeant Tommy Cannon
Suzanne Danielle ...
Mr. Lloyd
Chief Constable Cranshaw
Jack Douglas ...
Chief Superintendent
John Hilling
Arthur English ...
Billy Burden ...
Nigel Lambert ...
Estate Agent
Eric Francis ...
Fred the Postman
Ken Barker ...
Chief Superintendent's Driver
Richard Borthwick ...
Customs Officer
Customs Officer

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Sgt. Cannon (Tommy Cannon) and PC Ball (Bobby Ball) run the police station in the quiet town of Little Botham. When the station is threatened with closure due to a lack of crime, they decide to invent some crimes to justify their existence. When they try to steal a painting from a local rich businessman (Roy Kinnear), they accidently stumble across a gang of real art thieves who have just stolen £1 million worth of paintings. It is up to the two bungling cops to stop them escaping with their haul. Written by measham

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A really blue movie...


Comedy | Family





Release Date:

17 May 1984 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Tom und Bobby in Aktion  »

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Did You Know?


Two of the credited writers on the film were both first named "Sidney". They were Sidney Gilliat, an originator of the original screenplay for Ask a Policeman (1939) with Val Guest, this remake's director, who was also billed for this remake's screenplay, and Sidney Green, billed as Sid Green, for additional material. Moreover, another "Sidney", making three Sidneys all up writing for this picture, Sid Colin, wrote for The Boys in Blue (1984) as well, but was uncredited. See more »


The positions of the policemen on the farmer's motorbike change depending on whether they are in close-up or long-shot. See more »


P.C. Ball: [Answering the phone] Speak first, it's your money.
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »


The Boys in Blue
(closing song)
Written and Composed by Geoff Gill, Bobby Ball and Pete Tyrell
Sung by Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball
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This is underrated!!
12 March 2002 | by (Manchester,england) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry but I have to say that this film fills me with so much joy! 20 years ago i watched this film as an innocent, now, whenever this cynical and weary mind needs to remember how good life is, i watch the boys in blue and all is well with the world. Its funny, its slapstick, its cannon and ball! God bless you Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. I, for one, salute you

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