The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Feature Film | Crime Comedy | UK | English | 1h34m
Dir: Cliff Owen | Scr: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, John Antrobus, John Warren, & Len Heath | Story: Ivor Jay & William Whistance Smith | Ph: Ernest Steward | Prod: Aubrey Baring | Mus: Richard Rodney Bennett | Ed: Tristam Cones | AD: Harry White | Snd: Allan Morrison | Cast: Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins, Davy Kaye, Nanette Newman, Bill Kerr, Ed Devereaux, Reg Lye, John Le Mesurier, Graham Stark, Martin Boddey

When a gang of police-impersonating Australian criminals (aided double-crossingly by the girlfriend of a prominent gangster) starts hitting all of London’s organised crime firms, fleecing them of their ill-gotten gains after each and every new job, said London mobsters and the city’s equally put-out police force take the unprecedented step of joining forces in order to capture these antipodean boat-rockers and return to the status quo ante. However, with criminals having a tendency to be somewhat untrustworthy and the police to be perhaps a little on the incompetent side, it is an alliance that proves to be – predictably, you might say – not entirely successful. Fine comic performances and witty writing combine to generally entertaining effect, in this quietly satirical little farce.