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The Boys in Blue (1982)

| Comedy, Family | 1982 (UK)
Sgt. Cannon (Tommy Cannon) and PC Ball (Bobby Ball) run the police station in the quiet town of Little Botham. When the station's threatened to be shut down, due to a lack of crime, they ... See full summary »


Val Guest


Val Guest (screenplay), Sidney Green (additional material) (as Sid Green) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ball ... P.C. Bobby Ball
Tommy Cannon Tommy Cannon ... Sergeant Tommy Cannon
Suzanne Danielle ... Kim
Roy Kinnear ... Mr. Lloyd
Eric Sykes ... Chief Constable Cranshaw
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... Chief Superintendent
Edward Judd ... John Hilling
Jon Pertwee ... Coastguard
Arthur English ... Farmer
Billy Burden Billy Burden ... Herdsman
Nigel Lambert Nigel Lambert ... Estate Agent
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... Fred the Postman
Ken Barker Ken Barker ... Chief Superintendent's Driver
Richard Borthwick 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's threatened to be shut down, 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


Did You Know?


Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon played characters, P.C. Bobby Ball and Sergeant Tommy Cannon respectively, who had the same names as their own. 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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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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Rock on Tommy!!
13 December 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I first saw The Boys in Blue at the cinema when I was a youngster. Even at that age I wasn't a fan of the comedy duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, who I found quite clearly unfunny. But my friend was a big fan so I went along to the cinema with him and his granny, with little enthusiasm. But lo and behold, I remember finding it absolutely hilarious, my friend's granny declaring that she was also surprised and that this was definitely the best thing Cannon and Ball had ever did. So I always had a bit of fondness for this film and eventually saw it for the second time a few years ago, unfortunately that time finding it to be one of the worst films I had ever seen; I was staggered and disappointed in my ten year old self for having ever found it such a chuckle-fest. Anyway, recently I saw it once more and feel I can be a little more measured and say that the truth lies somewhere in between. It's a lightly amusing bit of nonsense that really isn't all that bad at all.

In it Cannon and Ball star as two policemen from a small crime-free town. They fabricate a crime in order to safe-guard their jobs but immediately find themselves in the midst of a scheme involving real thieves. The whole point of the film is to give the duo free reign to display their usual comedy thing. In the early 80's these guys were big TV stars you have to remember but the transition to the big screen never really happened for them and I don't think this film did particularly well. It's pretty broad humour to say the least so don't look for subtlety here. But really it's okay in a Tuesday afternoon kind of way. My friend's granny was right; this is the best thing Cannon and Ball ever did.

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1982 (UK) See more »

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