The Wrong Box (1966)

The Wrong Box




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Movie Info

In this film, the parents of several British boys place 1000 pounds in a pool, to be invested and expanded upon. The resultant fortune will go to the last surviving member of the tontine. Finally, only two of the tontine participants are left: aged brothers with murder on their minds.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Gelbart
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures Corporation


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Critic Reviews for The Wrong Box

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Mildly amusing silly black comedy set in Victorian England.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Wrong Box

Really really funny. Seeing Peter Cook and Dudley Moore ham it up is just icing on the cake. :)

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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 Hetteix

Super Reviewer


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 Kind Hearts and Coronets. 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 Strangeblog

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