The Wrong Arm of the Law

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

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.

By: ATu


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

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