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The Boys in Blue (1982)

| Comedy, Family
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 »



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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
Edward Judd ...
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


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





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Roy Kinnear actually has two parts and played dual roles as Kinnear plays both Mr. Lloyd as well as being heard as the voice of the Irish Pub Landlord on the answer phone. See more »


As Bobby realises he's late for his date with Kim, Tommy forces the teacup onto him; some of the tea spills onto Bobby's shirt and starts to seep into a stain. However there is no sign of the damp spot in all subsequent shots during the scene. See more »


P.C. Ball: [Answering the phone] Speak first, it's your money.
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Remake of Ask a Policeman (1939) 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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Embarassingly awful
15 November 2001 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

This is a truly dreadful film, and must surely constitute great veteran film-maker Val Guest's darkest hour. Terrible predictable dialogue, inept clowning, utterly unfunny. Unfortunately comedy can never be so bad it transcends awfulness (unlike films not intended to be funny, most famously 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'), they either work or they don't. This one was moribund from the start. Even the great duo of Morecambe & Wise never had much success with this type of film project, so imagine the hash the distinctly third rate Cannon and Ball make of things. Unfortunately even the presence of the usually reliable Roy Kinnear can not save this.

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