The Wrong Box (1966)
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Years before the story proper in The Wrong Box gets under way, a "tontine" is drawn up on behalf several young British boys. Each of the boys' parents had placed 1000 pounds in a pool, to be invested and expanded upon. The resultant fortune will go to the last surving member of the tontine. A series of montages depicts the various demises of the heirs (our favorite occurs when one of them is inadvertently beheaded while being knighted by Queen Victoria). Finally, only two of the tontine
Jul 4, 1966 Wide
Columbia Pictures Corporation
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Some of the gags crumble on impact, others are stretched out like taffy, but there is enough fun left over to leave most moviegoers happily wallowing in greed, sex, homicide, body snatching and other nefarious diversions.
Mills amusingly hams his way through two or three sequences as one of the dying brothers. Richardson, bland, imperturable old bore, is superb. He and Wilfrid Lawson, portraying a decrepit butler, virtually carry away the acting honors.
Some sections and bits are funnier than others. Some are labored and dull. It is that sort of story, that sort of comedy. But it adds up to a lively lark.
It is a farce with a lot of class and style, carried off with some brilliant acting. It also has what most films with idiot plots lack, restraint, subtlety and sly wit.
All of the smaller roles are deliciously cast, with several of the best comic actors England had to offer in that decade, a heyday of British humor.
Funny farce with an all-star cast.
Hilarious black comedy.
Black comedy featuring great British comedy actors
Review Immense, undisciplined, all-star period comedy of a sort that, in the 1960s, was a common feature of American and British cinematic output.
He only has two scenes, but those two scenes, for my money, are the finest things [Peter] Sellers ever did.
An inspired English farce; Ralph Richardson is irresistible.
Bryan Forbes proves as excellent at directing off-beat period comedy as he is at drama, and the slightly stylized acting technique occasionally used by his all-British cast in The Wrong Box adds plenty of flavor to the fun.
Audience Reviews for The Wrong Box
- Peacock: That's dead, that's what that is.
- Michael Finsbury: This is Julia Finsbury. Soon to be Julia Finsbury.
- Dr. Pratt: I was not always as you see me now.
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