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Wrong Arm of the Law - DVD

Peter Sellers , Lionel Jeffries , Cliff Owen    Unrated   DVD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling English Comedy March 18 2004
Format:DVD
"The Wrong Arm of the Law" is one of the last British comedies from a period that many consider to be a "golden age" for the genre. It gave Peter Sellers another wonderful role as Cockney gang-leader, Pearly Gates, who often masquerades as "Monsieur Jules", haute couturier to rich and very gullible ladies. Of course, Pearly's real career is organizing robberies for his gang, none of whom seem to have the IQ of a potato ! Lately, however, Pearly and other London-area crooks are having a problem--they successfully pull off a heist, only to be ambushed by a trio of "policemen" who are more interested in the stolen goods than making arrests. Of course, these "bobbies" are crooks themselves.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WRONG ARM OF THE LAW Oct. 17 2012
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THIS IS PETER SELLER'S AT HIS VERY BEST, WHEN HE WAS MAKING COMEDY FILMS IN ENGLAND IN THE SIXTIES. LONG BEFORE THE PINK PANTHER SERIES. HILARIOUS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 29 2014
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Unfortunately, I have to watch this on my computer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sellers schtick April 5 2009
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Before his well known comedies of the late 1960s, Sellers was honing his comedy technique in lesser known gems. "The Wrong arm of the law" is a classic example of Sellers' ability to create various accents possessing complete credibility, including a French accent that would be forever associated with his character Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies. As with his other earlier comedies, Sellers takes aim at England's social stratification, the contradictions of society's institutions and in the tradition of Max Sennett and the Keystone Cops, mocks the ineptitude of the London police. This light, farcical comedy showcases the best of Sellers and British comedy from that era - it was just for fun.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling English Comedy March 18 2004
By peterfromkanata - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Wrong Arm of the Law" is one of the last British comedies from a period that many consider to be a "golden age" for the genre. It gave Peter Sellers another wonderful role as Cockney gang-leader, Pearly Gates, who often masquerades as "Monsieur Jules", haute couturier to rich and very gullible ladies. Of course, Pearly's real career is organizing robberies for his gang, none of whom seem to have the IQ of a potato ! Lately, however, Pearly and other London-area crooks are having a problem--they successfully pull off a heist, only to be ambushed by a trio of "policemen" who are more interested in the stolen goods than making arrests. Of course, these "bobbies" are crooks themselves.
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. I should not forget the lovely Nanette Newman--her role turns out to be more important than mere "eye candy" !
The black and white picture is excellent for a forty year old film--the sound is mono. This is a "no frills" DVD--there are no extras. This movie is fun all the way--if you are a Sellers fan, or a fan of classic British comedy in general, ask our friends at Amazon for a copy. You won't be sorry !
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sellers in Quintessence Dec 11 1999
By P. B. Fey - Published on Amazon.com
Sellers seems to relish playing underworld kingpin Pearly Gates (pure Cockney) and his "legit" alter ego Mssr. Jules (a pre-Clouseau Frenchman). Strong support from Lionel Jeffries (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Bernard Cribbins (a fussy Fawlty Towers guest) as rival gangs unite with the coppers to catch a new group that's muscling in on everyone's territory. They don't make 'em like this any more, sadly. Highly recommended!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Peter Sellers Jan. 22 2000
By Jazz Person - Published on Amazon.com
I have often felt that Peter Sellers is best seen when playing in the company of these supporting players. I think they inspire each other. Bernie Cribbins is hilarious. Sellers is great and unselfconscious. All of the members of the cast are great in this movie - even if they only have a line or two. It is a true ensemble effort and completely enjoyable from beginning to end. In my opinion, people have not seen Lionel Jeffreys unless they have seen him in this and "Two Way Stretch." (Another collaboration with Peter Sellers and members of this ensemble cast.) True comedy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arm and a leg for few laughs March 10 2007
By K. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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With the late great legendary comedian Peter Sellers receiving top billing, I patiently endured three quarters of WRONG ARM OF THE LAW. To the point of embarassment, the Australian IPO gang repeatedly intercepts loot from established British criminals. Is there supposed to be an irony to being fooled more than a half dozen times by the same routine? During the last quarter of the movie there is a not-quite redeeming sting operation devolving to a comedy of errors.

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."
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sellars at his best! Nov. 26 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One of the great Ealing comedies. Sellars is brilliant
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