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On the Beat (1962)

| Comedy | 1963 (USA)
Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Norman Wisdom (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Pitkin / Giulio Napolitani
Jennifer Jayne ... Rosanna Guardia
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Ronald Ackroyd
David Lodge ... Insp. Hobson
Esma Cannon ... Mrs. Timms
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Police Doctor
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Sgt. Lucilla Wilkins
Ronnie Stevens ... Oberon
Terence Alexander ... Chief Supt. Bert Belcher
Maurice Kaufmann ... Vince
Dilys Laye ... American Lady
George Pastell ... Manzini
Jack Watson ... Police Sergeant
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Bollington
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Man in Underground Train
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Storyline

Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level of chaos that only Norman could cause. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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As the COPPER who comes a CROPPER! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caos en Scotland Yard See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Sgt. Wilkins she is walking into the salon. As she walks in we see that the backdrop of the street is in fact the same set which Norman entered in the opening scene which is used as the Police Station. See more »

Connections

Featured in Norman Wisdom: His Story (2010) See more »

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On the Beat
Played by The Clyde Valley Stompers (as the Clyde Valley Stompers)
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A wacky Wisdom comedy
13 November 2016 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Movie fans who enjoy Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Abbott and Costello movies should like Norman Wisdom. This British comedy star of the mid- 20th century had a little bit of those comedians in his style. Yet, he had a character all his own.

"On the Beat" is a later film of his in which Wisdom plays Norman Pitkin, a wannabe Bobby. His father had been a policeman, but Norman can't get on the force because he's not tall enough to qualify. So, he has been working for Scotland Yard washing cars. He daydreams of being a crime- buster. Eventually, the right opportunity comes along and Norman impersonates an Italian underworld figure. He plays both roles and is very funny as Giulio Napolitani.

Pandemonium and hilarity break out from there on. I think this is one of his funniest films. It has one of the longest and funniest chases on foot ever filmed. "On the Beat" is sure to please anyone who enjoys just plain humor and crazy antics.


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