The Wrong Arm of the Law

On the face of it, a TV-style comedy inspired by Ealing Studios, most notably The Lavender Hill Mob. But somehow Owen, the cast, and a large team of writers turn it into a very superior piece of work, with both an eye and an ear for dialogue and the absurd situation. Sellers, a smooth Bond Street couturier, is also the rough-diamond leader of a bunch of inept criminals. He keeps them happy with luncheon vouchers, home movies, and paid holidays in Spain. But their welfare state criminality is undermined by the arrival of a gang of Australians, forcing Scotland Yard to get its act together. Not only is it genuinely funny, it's also a sly portrait of Britain slowly emerging from the 'Never Had It So Good' days into the Wilson era.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cliff Owen
Screenwriter: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, John Antrobus
Cast: Peter Sellers
Lionel Jeffries
Bernard Cribbins
Davy Kaye
Nanette Newman
Bill Kerr
John Le Mesurier
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