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The Boys in Blue (1982)

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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 ... 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
John D. Collins ...
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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Tom und Bobby in Aktion  »

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Last cinema film of Val Guest as director. 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 Casablanca (1942) See more »


The Boys in Blue
Written by Geoff Gill, Bobby Ball and Pete Tyrell
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Is this the worst British film ever
29 October 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

this is a remake of a great will hay comedy "Ask A Policeman".However when they wrote the script for this heap of rubbish they must have edited the humour out.Everything is simply dire.Cannon and Ball simply cannot act their way out of a paper bag.The story is feeble and fine actors such as Roy Kinnear and Eric Sykes are totally wasted.The photography is similar to what you would expect on a TV sitcom and what on earth Val Guest was doing directing this film is beyond my ken.Was he that desperate to make a film that he signed on to this.that the rank Organisation were prepared to distribute it says a lot about their ambition at the time.Little surprise that their distribution arm closed within a short time.Everyone associated with this should be ashamed of themselves.

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