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The Wrong Box (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 4 July 1966 (UK)
In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Masterman Finsbury
... Joseph Finsbury
... Michael Finsbury
... Morris Finsbury
... John Finsbury
... Julia Finsbury
... Detective
... Doctor Pratt
Cicely Courtneidge ... Major Martha
... Peacock - the Butler
Thorley Walters ... Lawyer Patience
Gerald Sim ... 1st Undertaker
... Military Officer
... Mrs. Hackett
... Clergyman
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A tontine is established for twenty boys in 1818 England - a tontine being a kind of insurance wager in which money is invested by each participant, to grow with interest, with the last survivor to get the substantial payout. We watch the group dwindle until only two elderly brothers are left in 1882. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs; the other lives in ill health and poverty as the only support of his perpetually confused grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes, until everyone is sure that one (or both) of the brothers has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, over a hundred thousand pounds (in Victorian England, when a pound was a pound) will be theirs. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Virtuous maidens...cunning cousins...dastardly deeds...bodies in barrels...and boxes and boxes of boxes!

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4 July 1966 (UK)  »

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13.000.000 dollaria zitoun klironomo  »

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The source novel "The Wrong Box" (1889) was the first of three novels that Robert Louis Stevenson co-wrote with his step-son Lloyd Osbourne. The subsequent books were "The Wrecker" (1892) and "The Ebb-Tide" (1894). See more »

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In the aftermath of the train wreck scene, the background sounds (i.e., muttering and exclamatory crowd noises) are "looped" mercilessly, the same few seconds of "babble" are repeated at least ten or fifteen times in a few minutes. See more »

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[about parents]
Julia Finsbury: Oh, I only knew mine vaguely. My father was a missionary. He was eaten by his Bible class.
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"Certain funeral & military airs played by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Temperance Seven who actually number eight" See more »

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References Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) See more »

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Light of Head
Written by Clifford Bevan
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Misadventures and wry wit galore!
23 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've recently bought this video not only to hear the music, which I do enjoy, but to be honest, it's the amusing shenanigans of the fortune seekers which I find so amusing. What will they think of next! Of course Michael Caine is his charming, adorable self, and his lady love, Julia, is captivating in her Victorian role of modesty personified, such a charming couple. I never thought John Mills could be so funny as he plays his role to the hilt, being very active for an ailing elderly family member. Peter Sellers' role as the absentminded Dr. Pratt would be hard to top as a performance. He certainly has a way with kittens and ink! It's the highlight of the movie, I'd say. The ending is hilarious and I'm still trying to figure it out as there's confusion galore. Altogether a very enjoyable film that you won't forget.


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