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The Wrong Box1966

The Wrong Box (1966)




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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.


Jeremy Lloyd
as Brian Allen Harvey
James Villiers
as Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
Graham Stark
as Ian Scott Fife
Ralph Richardson
as Joseph Finsbury
Michael Caine
as Michael Finsbury
Peter Cook
as Morris Finsbury
John Mills
as Masterman Finsbury
Dudley Moore
as John Finsbury
Nicholas Parsons
as Alan Fraser Scrope
Nanette Newman
as Julia Finsbury
Tony Hancock
as Detective
Peter Sellers
as Dr. Pratt
Thorley Walters
as Lawyer Patience
Gerald Sim
as 1st Undertaker
Peter Graves
as Military Officer on Train
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Hackett
Norman Bird
as Clergyman
John Le Mesurier
as Dr. Slattery
Tutte Lemkow
as Bournemouth Strangler
Charlie Bird
as Bonn's Vanman
Joseph Behrmann
as Vanman's Mate
Marianne Stone
as Spinster on Train
Michael Bird
as Countryman
Joseph Behrman
as Vanman's Mate
Reg Lye
as 3rd Undertaker
John Junkin
as 1st Engine Driver
Roy Murray
as 1st Stoker
Tony Thawnton
as 2nd Undertaker
George Selway
as Railway Vanman
Vanda Godsell
as Mrs. Goodge
Donald Tandy
as Ticket Collector
Lionel Gamlin
as 2nd Engine Driver
Terry Martin
as 2nd Stoker
George Spence
as Workman in Road
Dick Gregory
as Leicester Young Fielding
Willoughby Goddard
as James White Wragg
Valentine Dyall
as Oliver Pike Harmsworth
Leonard Rossiter
as Vyvyan Alastair Montague
Hamilton Dyce
as Derek Lloyd Peter Digby
Donald Oliver
as Gunner Sergeant
Totti Truman Taylor
as Lady at Launching
Frank Singuineau
as Native Bearer
Michael Scott Lees
as Young Digby
André Morell
as Club Butler
Avis Bunnage
as Queen Victoria
Penny Brahms
as Twittering Females on Moor
Maria Kazan
as Twittering Females on Moor
Freddy Clark
as Constable
George Hillsden
as Constable
Alf Mangun
as Gravedigger
Norman Morris
as Gravedigger
Peggy Ray
as Child with Governess
John Parker
as Undertaker's Assistant
John Fitch
as Undertaker's Assistant
Norman Hibbert
as Undertaker's Assistant
Jimmy Scott
as Undertaker's Assistant
Alistair Dick
as Undertaker's Assistant
John Morris
as Himself
Denis Cowles
as Sotheby's Partner
Patsy Snell
as Girls on Train
Andrea Allen
as Girls on Train
Phillip D. Stewart
as Elderly Man on Train
Rita Tobin
as Elderly Woman on Train
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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.

April 21, 2010 | Full Review…
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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

April 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mildly amusing silly black comedy set in Victorian England.

June 3, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wrong Box


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
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

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

Tim Salmons
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
Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

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