The Wrong Box details
|Starring:||Nanette Newman, Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore, John Mills, Tony Hancock, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Wrong Box
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 May 2010|
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Very good filmBy skeadugenga (148 reviews) from Reading , 29 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]My recollection of this is a little hazy, but I do recall that it has some very funny bits and great cameos from a number of brilliant actors. And the music is wonderful. When they release it I'll be buying it.
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103 minutes can seem a centuryBy Milkybar (18 reviews) from ULverston , 04 Jul 2013I have an idea: dispense with everyone in this pedestrian non-comedy but keep Nanette Newman whom I could happily watch all day. Oh, and give us a few clips of Wilfrid Lawson too. The Wrong Box is stylised, dull and utterly unfunny...a case of my wrong choice, I'm afraid.
Worth watching, just, for Ralph RichardsonBy FoxRoy (13 reviews) , 11 Jun 2013A bit dated and disappointing. The original story is a good one, but it never really gets going. But worth a watch just to see some great actors.
Last to the cemetery winsBy droog (56 reviews) from Lingfield,Surrey , 10 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]The film is made in a silent-movie style complete with captions. The players reflect the period splendidly in what is an affectionate spoof of the silent movie traditions and Victorian manners; everyone is so buttoned up except the two warring brothers (John Mills and Ralph Richardson) who are the survivors of a tontine. The Ralph Richardson character is a bore of the first water as he has spent most of his useless life collecting facts like Gradgrind in 'Hard Times' whilst his brother seems to spend a long time dying irrascibly. They are looked after by,respectively two nephews (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) with the sweet foundling 'niece' (Nanette Newman) and Michael Caine. playing John Mills' medical student nephew.
There are some marvellous 'turns' in the film from Wilfred Lawson's walking coffin of a butler, Tutte Lemkow's frantic knitting murderer,and the ten minutes spent looking at the collective demise of all the family in what comes across as a tribute to 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' and as blackly comic. However, a standout sequence is Peter Sellers playing the crooked,cat-infested Dr. Pratt whose dingy office has cats on the cupboards,in the draws,all over the seats and is discovered lying on a sofa with a cat in a huge bowl; in f act,he even blots the death certificate with a kitten.
Perhaps the film runs out of steam near the end but this underrated film is sheer pleasure played perfectly by top-notch actors. It is defintely worth a look.
The Wrong FilmBy wotcher (7 reviews) , 09 Jul 2011Not worth the candle, with the exception of watching the gorgeous Nanette Newman; great cast list none of who get the direction they deserve; Sellars' talent is wasted as he does a 'cameo' for the money; Peter Cook and Dudley Moore like fish out of water; Mills and Richardson hammy beyond belief, attempts at knockabout humour fall completely flat and the chases are toe-curlingly embarrassing. Best left alone, this one.
Rather forced humourBy a customer from Innerleithen , 18 Mar 2011A starry cast add weight to the film and they do their best, but, to my tastes, the humour was forced and unfunny. I acknowledge that sense of humour is idiosyncratic and some people will love this film. For example, I don't find the Goons funny, and Spike Milligan leaves me cold.