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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Wrong Box" is Right On!
A magnificent British comedy from 1966, starring (a young) Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Dudley Moore, and Sir Ralph Richardson, among other luminaries. While consistently funny, this comedy also has a heart and a wonderful story. The acting, comic timing, editing, and directing are all utterly first rate. One of the best of the best. 2 thumbs up!
Published on June 3 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars a good old black comedy
Bryan Forbes' 1966 comedy about the hunt for an inheritance is packed with British comic talent. Peter Sellers as the mad doctor is exquisite! The film is, to me, not the most hilarious knee-slapper on the planet, but just the storyline is crankingly morbid. I kept waiting for John Cleese to pop up the screen, but this movie was a little too early for that.
Published on Aug. 2 1999 by Tom (hharvey@cwf.org)


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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Wrong Box" is Right On!, June 3 2004
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A magnificent British comedy from 1966, starring (a young) Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Dudley Moore, and Sir Ralph Richardson, among other luminaries. While consistently funny, this comedy also has a heart and a wonderful story. The acting, comic timing, editing, and directing are all utterly first rate. One of the best of the best. 2 thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorial hi-jinks, May 11 2001
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John R. Bridell (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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THE WRONG BOX defines humorless Victorian Age in a humorous way with wit worthy of its' blue ribbon cast including Michael Caine and Peter Sellers. It was a Victorian time when cousin Caine is turned on by a turned ankle under the hem of cousin Nanette Newman's skirt during the musical strains of "If you were the only girl in the world." Their destiny was love and resounding relief when each learned that both were orphans in fact: "Father was a missionary, eaten by his Bible class." Peacock, the butler, is a vestigial up-and-up English retainer servant. "Beggin your pardon, Sir. I haven't been paid in seven years." His scenes put you on notice that the next thing you'll hear is yourself chuckling. Sellers is unbelievably funny as the back-alley abortionist,Dr. Pratt, hired by one of the cousins to provide a blank, signed death certificate. He practices from a cat-infested office. His bedside manner hinges on cats which he uses to wipe his hands and blot his signature [on the phony death certificate]. Hearing Sellers cough, Peter Cook asks if the doctor is okay. Sellers answers, "I'm okay. It's only a hair ball." I don't know of an equal to this British laugh convention. THE WRONG BOX proves out that greed is great breeding ground for good comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorial hi-jinks, May 11 2001
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John R. Bridell (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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THE WRONG BOX defines humorlous Victorian Age in a humorous way with a wit worthy of its' blue ribbon cast including Michael Caine and Peter Sellers. It was a Victorian time when cousin Caine is turned on by a turned ankle at the hem of cousin Nanette Newman's skirt during the strains of "If you were the only girl in the world." Their destiny was love and resounding relief when each learned that both were orphans in fact: "Father was a missionary, eaten by his Bible class." Peacock, the butler, is a vestigial up-and-up English retainer servant. "Beggin your pardon, Sir. I haven't been paid in seven years." His scenes put you on notice that the next thing you'll hear is yourself chuckling. Sellers is unbelievably funny as the back-alley abortionist,Dr. Pratt, hired by one of the cousins to provide a blank, signed death certificate. He practices from a cat-infested office. His bedside manner hinges on cats which he uses to wipe his hands and blot his signature [on the phony death certificate]. Hearing Sellers cough, Peter Cook asks if the doctor is okay. Sellers answers, "I'm okay. It's only a hair ball." I don't know of an equal to this British laugh convention. THE WRONG BOX proves out that greed is great breeding ground for good comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle and highly amusing comedy, March 17 2001
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The Wrong Box is a little known gem - a film adorned with dark humour involving a cast of superb actors. The premise is that in the early 19th century the parents of a group of young boys enter into a lottery (a tontine) by each investing £1000, the total being paid to the boy who lives longest. The film takes place in the late 19th century, during the old age of the boys (most of whom have already died) and revolves around the two remaining members of the tontine, the brothers Finsbury. One of the brothers (Sir John Mills) is on his deathbed, meaning that if he dies his brother (Sir Ralph Richardson) will acquire the tontine. The film's highlights involve the two nephews of Sir Ralph Richardson's character (Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore) trying to get their grubby hands on the tontine despite thinking that their uncle has been tragically killed in an unfortunate train accident, occuring on the way to visit the dying brother. The film is a gentle victorian comedy and improves on each viewing. Highly recommended for those who like charming, subtle fare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung British comedy classic., Dec 15 2000
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In a previous review, I said that only Bedazzled captured the comic brilliance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore on screen. I take that back. Cook and Moore have a delightful outing in The Wrong Box, which also provides delightful outings for John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers and many other great British comic actors. Based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box tells of two warring, elderly brothers who are the last surviving members of a tontine--a lottery whose proceeds go to the last surviving participant--and the machinations of their various family members to try and get their hands on the money. The family members vary between the naive (Richardson, Caine, Nanette Newman), the crooked (Mills, Cook) and those falling somewhere in-between (Moore), and there are schemes, corpses and misunderstandings galore. Add a serial killer, a train wreck, a doddering butler, two hearses chasing each other and Sellers as a drunken, cat-loving doctor, and you have a smashing entertainment which provides constant chuckles and frequent belly-laughs. The Victorian sets are opulent, the music by John Barry supremely hummable. For fans of British humor, it's a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful!, Aug. 15 2000
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When estranged brothers Masterman and Joseph Finsbury, the former bedridden and the latter a dodderer obsessed with useless trivia, are the last survivors of a lottery whose proceeds go to the man who outlives the other contestants, a family feud erupts into hilarious wholesale warfare. Even more engaging than what the characters know is what they don't know, which has disastrously funny results. An ancient butler, a bewildered "venal" doctor, two adopted orphans, two scheming cousins, a room full of eggs, a serial strangler, a train crash, and intrigues with barrels, boxes, crates, and even a piano, combine with an artfully crafted backdrop of Victorian London to make this one of the most wonderfully enjoyable films I've ever watched. It is definitely one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all time favorite comedies., Dec 18 1998
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This is a must see. Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Ralph Richardson, John Mills. Hilarious black comedy set in Victorian London. I believe it is based (loosely) on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, "The Tantin (sp?)". The plot revolves around a tantin, a pot of money that goes to the last surviving participant . Most of the story involves the last two survivors (the movie begins with a quick review of the demise of each of the less fortunate participants) and a small group of relatives that surround them. These include greedy, creepy plotters, trying to cheat to be in line for the fortune; and innocent, sweet and frustratedly sexual near lovers who are oblivious to everything but each other. The scenes with Peter Sellers as a drunken and disoriented Doctor are priceless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy/ late Victorian period piece, Nov. 28 2000
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This film is driven, as all great comedy is, by the conflicts among the delightful collection of off-the-wall characters. Peter Sellers's scenes as the cat-infested Dr Pratt are superb. The nasty young Finsbury with his collection of hundreds of eggs made me want to find my textbook on abnormal psychology. The elderly Finsbury (I would enjoy him as a sort of great-uncle, provided I only had to see him at Christmas) who collects the most useless information known to man was a real hoot. I enjoyed watching Nanette Newman as the dotty and sweet Julia Finsbury float about in ankle-length lace and satin gowns while she tried not to think about how hot the sight of bare male forearms (For shame!) makes her. Try to imagine a less manic version of a Monty Python film and you will have the feel of this fun old movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known Classic Comedy, Feb. 4 2000
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One of my all-time favorite comedies. With a fabulous cast (Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers), great performances and a very funny script, this movie is a delight from beginning to end. Michael Caine and Cook/Moore are cousins who will inherit from different brothers, where the brother who lives the longest will inherit a huge sum. Our hero, Caine, doesn't know that Moore/Cook are attempting to dispose of the uncle in the way. Set in Victorian/Edwardian times, this black comedy ironically sets this lethal situation in that oh-so-genteel atmosphere. The cameo performance of Peter Sellars as the cat-engulfed doctor is almost worth the price of the movie. It's a hoot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Sellers, Moore, and Cook fans, Oct. 10 1999
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Although the mad-cap, zany bits can get a little tired at times; the performances put in by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Peter Sellers make this film instantly required viewing by fans of any of these three.
Cook and Moore are in perfect keeping with their other works of the time (Not Only...But Also, Bedazzled, & 30 is a Dangerous Age Cynthia) and their performaces here compliment these other works well. Sellers is featured in one of his smallest and most bizarre roles, but is absolutely hilarious and quite subtle (as a plus, he shares scenes with Cook).
Wade through the slow bits - fans of Sellers, Cook and Moore will be quite happy!
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