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Law and Disorder (1958)

A British petty criminal lies to his son about his frequent prison terms by inventing honorable plausible explanations for his absences from home but things get complicated when his son becomes a judge's assistant.

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

Denys Roberts (novel), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Percy Brand
Robert Morley ... Judge Sir Edward Crichton
Ronald Squire ... Colonel Masters
Elizabeth Sellars ... Gina Laselle
Joan Hickson ... Aunt Florence
Lionel Jeffries ... Major Proudfoot
Jeremy Burnham ... Colin Brand
Brenda Bruce ... Mary Cooper
Harold Goodwin ... Blacky
George Coulouris ... 'Bennie' Bensuson
Meredith Edwards ... Sergeant Bolton
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Vickery
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Freddie Cooper
Mary Kerridge ... Lady Crichton
Michael Trubshawe ... Ivan
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Storyline

When Percy Brand, a habitual confidence trickster, keeps being sent down, he goes to great lengths to ensure that his son Colin, does not find out about his criminal past. But when Colin becomes an assistant to the Judge, who is about to try Percy for his latest escapade, Percy and his gang have to come up with a plan, to stop them meeting in court. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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Michael Redgrave with an ingenious hand for disorder ... Robert Morley as the intrepid arm of the law ...

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

[last lines]
Bent - Warder Ext. Prison: Come on in Percy - nice to have you back again.
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Thank you Your Honour.
24 July 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Michael Redgrave stars as a con man who desperately tries to conceal his crooked life from his budding lawyer son. However, that is easier said than done when he is tempted into smuggling Brandy and faces the prospect of appearing in court...in front of his oblivious son!.

Law and Disorder is directed by Charles Crichton (Hue and Cry, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt) and joining Redgrave in the cast are Robert Morley, Ronald Squire, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries & Jeremy Burnham. T.E.B. Clarke, Patrick Campbell & Vivienne Knight adapt for the screen from the novel "Smuggler's Circuit" written by Denys Roberts.

Ealing lite but still enough here to have the discerning British comedy fan grinning from ear to ear. Tho essential a one joke law and order lampoon premise, the writing is so bright in its set ups and the cast cast give it such effort (they all seem to be enjoying themselves), the thinness of the plot is easily forgiven. Redgrave lays on the charm and gentlemanly wit with consummate ease, and Hickson is a delight as Redgrave's card-sharping sister. But it's Morley's movie as a stern, never smiling judge who finds himself at the centre of the crooked goings on. A little known Brit effort that is is only shown once in a blue moon on terrestrial television. So if you get the chance to see it then take the plunge because it should put a smile on your face. 6.5/10


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