The Wrong Arm of the Law
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It takes a while for Pearly and the other gang leaders to figure out what's going on, not to mention an embarrassed Scotland Yard, who put scene-stealing Lionel Jeffries on the case. Sellers and Jeffries decide to declare a "truce", and agree to cooperate in trying to catch these interlopers. Is nothing sacred ? Can a thief not make a dishonest living any more ? Can the police not trust a "man in uniform" ?
The film is blessed with a witty script and many amusing sequences. Other British character actors add to the fun. Bernard Cribbins is "Nervous", another gang leader. Can you imagine a less-likely gangster than Mr. Cribbins ? No--that's what makes him so hilarious. John LeMesurier is on hand as Scotland Yard's incredulous chief, unsure as to whether Sellers or Jeffries pose the greater threat to London ! Look out for the scene where all the crooks have a "union meeting" to become organized--that's Dennis Price in a wonderful cameo as "Educated", the intellectual crook.Read more ›
Mob boss Pearly Gates (Sellers) adeptly demonstrates his flair for British and French accents -- even providing humorous inspiration for Martin Short's later role as Franck in FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991). But primarily, Sellers portrays an eloquent organizer -- significantly more refined than Inspector Clouseau in THE PINK PANTHER. If you are interested in seeing criminals make light of the "Bobbies" don't part with more than five bucks or you've been robbed.
Movie quote: "These are some of the finest pieces to be found in London." "Well, then I shall have to go to Paris."
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I recommend this film for anyone wishing to see Sellers and entire cast at their very best comic genius. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Phil Cavanagh
A comedy with a ludicrous premise rendered laughable enough by pitch-perfect performances from a peerless cast. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Saintkeeper
This film really shows the versatility of Peter Sellers and the truly magical nature of his acting. This is a light hearted comedy and a treasure to watch. Read morePublished on March 10, 2007 by ab