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On the Beat (1962)

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One's enjoyment of On the Beat rests solely upon one's tolerance of British comedian Norman Wisdom, who can be described as a Jerry Lewis without the discipline. Wisdom plays a Scotland Yard parking attendant who seemingly can't draw breath without breaking something or knocking someone down. He wants to become a detective, but the Yard isn't quite ready for such a catastrophe. He proves his worth--and wreaks more havoc--by going undercover and trapping a gang of jewel thieves. The slapstick is serviceable in On the Beat; as for the "serious" moments, Wisdom's notion of pathos is to scream at the top of his lungs. You may want to join him. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Norman Wisdom
as Giulio Napolitani, Norman Pitkin
Raymond Huntley
as Sir Ronald Ackroyd
David Lodge
as Inspector Hobson
Esma Cannon
as Mrs. Stammers
Eleanor Summerfield
as Sgt. Wilkins
Terry Alexander
as Chief Supt. Belcher
Dilys Laye
as American Lady
Jack Watson
as Police Sergeant
Campbell Singer
as Bollington
Lionel Murton
as Man in Train
Robert Rietty
as Italian Lawyer
Marjie Lawrence
as Crying Lady
Peggy Ann Clifford
as Guilio's Mother
John Blythe
as Chauffeur
Mario Fabrizi
as Newspaper Seller
Monty Landis
as Mr. Bassett
Alfred Burke
as Trigger O'Flynn
Cyril Chamberlain
as Cafe Proprietor
Jean Aubrey
as Lady Hinchingford
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Norman Wisdom was sort of England's Jerry Lewis. That says it all

July 30, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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