The Wrong Box

1966, Comedy, 1h 45m

17 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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The Finsbury brothers, Masterman (John Mills) and Joseph (Ralph Richardson), are the last surviving members of a tontine that will pay a huge sum to whomever lives longest. Hoping to bankroll his feckless grandson Michael (Michael Caine), Masterman asks Joseph to visit with the intention of killing him. Meanwhile, Joseph has two scheming nephews (Dudley Moore, Peter Cook) who also want the money. When they think Joseph has died en route to seeing his brother, they attempt to cover it up.

Cast & Crew

John Mills
Masterman Finsbury
Ralph Richardson
Joseph Finsbury
Michael Caine
Michael Finsbury
Nanette Newman
Julia Finsbury
Peter Cook
Morris Finsbury
Dudley Moore
John Finsbury
Peter Sellers
Doctor Pratt
Thorley Walters
Lawyer Patience
Gerald Sim
First Undertaker
Peter Graves
Military Officer
Irene Handl
Mrs. Hackett
John Le Mesurier
Doctor Slattery
John Barry
Original Music
Gerry Turpin
Cinematographer
Alan Osbiston
Film Editor
Weston Drury Jr.
Casting
Julie Harris
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Wrong Box

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Wrong Box

  • Oct 15, 2019
    Quality talent behind and in front of the camera does not always promise satisfaction, and so it is that Wrong Box is not as riotous as it wants to be, achieving 'amusing' but no more. Some of the performances do rise above the material, concerning the hijinks of greedy cousins, but sadly only one or two.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    Not often bwa-ha-ha funny but a collection of skilled British comedians poking fun at conventions of manners. And at dead bodies. The great opening bit of how members of a money-awarded-to-last-survivor pact called a tontine met their demise was an admiring homage to <i>Kind Hearts and Coronets.</i> An extra half-star for Peter Sellers' contribution in one of his funniest small roles as the unethical addle-brained cat fancier Dr. Pratt.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    Really really funny. Seeing Peter Cook and Dudley Moore ham it up is just icing on the cake. :)
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2009
    A classic and hilariously convoluted comedy of errors, which plays expertly on Victorian morals and mores. It might fall a bit flat for modern audiences due to the lack of throw-away jokes and punchlines. Instead, it offers a never-ending series of sight-gags, plot twists and general comedic mayhem. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.
    Daniel H Super Reviewer

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