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The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 17 May 1963 (Ireland)
In London, when Australian gangsters disguised as "Bobbies" rob British criminals, the panicked British mobsters seek an alliance with Scotland Yard in order to eliminate the foreign competition and return things to "normal".

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Cliff Owen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Pearly Gates
Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Parker
Bernard Cribbins ... Nervous O'Toole
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Trainer King
Nanette Newman ... Valerie
Bill Kerr ... Jack Coombes
Ed Devereaux ... Bluey May
Reg Lye ... Reg Denton
John Le Mesurier ... Assistant Commissioner
Graham Stark ... Sid Cooper
Martin Boddey ... Superintendent Forest
Irene Browne ... Dowager
Arthur Mullard Arthur Mullard ... Brassknuckles
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Misery Martin
Vanda Godsell ... Annette
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Storyline

The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that goes one better. They dress as Police Officers and steal from the crooks. This upset's the natural order of the Police/criminal relationship, and the Police and the crooks join forces to catch the impersonating Police Officers, including an armored car robbery in which the Police must help the gangs to set a trap. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Meet the Mastermind Who Pulls the Strings in the Underworld...and all his mobs and dolls...filling the London fog with laughter and lunacy!!!

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Comedy | Crime

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1963 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Falesná ruka zákona See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes Lionel Jeffries, who directed The Railway Children (1970), and Bernard Cribbins, who played a major character in that movie. See more »

Goofs

In the first bank robbery, the robbers drive away from the bank, but in the next shot they are seen approaching the bank again from the opposite direction as the IPO mob divert them down a side street where they are lined up against a wall directly opposite the bank.

The first shop they pass after leaving the bank is an International Stuffs shop. The next shop has an awning pulled down from a higher level than the International Stuffs shop. It also has an arched opening just above the awning. When the IPO divert them down a side street, they are again in front of an International Stuffs shop, but the next shop has a smaller awning, a name sign above it and no arched opening above that (a different facade altogether), and thus, not the same location. No other buildings are shown in full, so it cannot be assumed that they are in the same location simply based on one shop being the same. As it is called International, however, it can be assumed that there are more than one, particularly a fictitious one. And, as stated before, the shop next door is entirely different. See more »

Quotes

[Pearly Gates has arrange to meet Inspector "Nosy" Parker on a roundabout at a funfair]
Inspector Parker: [complaining] I suppose this is your idea of a joke. Battersea Funfair. Fancy having a meeting on a thing like this.
Pearly Gates: I must admit, the idea of a load of bogeys going round in circles did appeal to me, yeah.
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References Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) See more »

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Oh Charley, Take It Away
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Written by Arthur Le Clerq, Frederick Malcolm and Elvin Hedges
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Funny isn't the word
11 June 2004 | by philcaldSee all my reviews

This film is full of many wonderful characters from the mainstream 50's British cinematic comedy era. The film centres on the criminal gangs of London being double crossed in their criminal activities by a bunch of foreign criminal gang members who impersonate Metropolitan Police Officers.

They turn up at the scene of the crime and then disappear with the stolen goods leaving the criminals in limbo waiting to be arrested by the real police.

Arthur Mullard, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbens and many more make this a gem of a title to watch. Some of the film was produced around Teddington, South West London, the scene of the mass arrest at the railroad level crossing was filmed in a Teddington street called Fairfax Road.

The crossing was taken out of use many years ago but the building on which Peter Sellers and his cohorts sat observing the proceedings is still in place adjacent to the point where the crossing was.

The area where the Jaguar car driven by Mullard screams over the bridge is the railway road bridge at Strawberry Hill (not far from Teddington).

I humbly give this film 9 out of 10, but then maybe I'm biased as I just love old British comedies such as this. Produced by Romulus Films and distributed by British Lion Films, what could be better?


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