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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Years before the story proper in The Wrong Box gets under way, a "tontine" is drawn up on behalf several young British boys. Each of the boys' parents had placed 1000 pounds in a pool, to be invested and expanded upon. The resultant fortune will go to the last surving member of the tontine. A series of montages depicts the various demises of the heirs (our favorite occurs when one of them is inadvertently beheaded while being knighted by Queen Victoria). Finally, only two of the tontine participants are left: aged brothers Ralph Richardson and John Mills. On his last legs, Mills is determined that Richardson will not outlive him, and to that end attempts to kill his brother; each attempt fails spectacularly, with the doddering Richardson none the wiser. Standing to benefit from the tontine are Mills' dimwitted med-student son Michael Caine and Richardson's greedy nephews Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. When Richardson is supposedly killed in a train wreck, Cook and Moore don't want the authorities to find out, so they appropriate what they think is their uncle's corpse and ship it home in a box. Thus it is that Caine finds the body of a perfect stranger on his doorstep. The farcical complications begin flying about thick and fast from this point onward. Among the participants in this wacky gigglefest are such formidable talents as Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Wilfred Lawson, Thorley Walters, Norman Rossington, Irene Handl and Cicely Courtenedge. Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box is a delightful harkback to the glory days of Britain's Ealing comedies. We were so wrapped up in the story that we didn't even notice all those TV antennae sprouting up on the rooftops of Victorian London. SCRE...The Wrong Box
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This is one heck of a funny movie with a great cast of British comedians, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Peter Cooke & Dudley Moore,(most now sadly passed on) with a surprising number of serious actors (Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, John Mills) thrown in as well. Plus many other recognisable "faces" that you recognise but cannot put a name to. In fact I would say that this is British farce at its best.
My one complaint with this DVD is that there is nothing in the way of extras, (I don't count trailers as extras), but then again it is an inexpensive disc.
I was taken to see this when it came out & I am delighted to see it available at last.
Sadly, there are few survivors from the cast, but Peter Sellars puts in a cameo appearance which cannot be faulted. One of my favourite films.
The wonderful L&SWR period set is a treat for all those who look back at the golden age of rail and travel. The beautiful Victorian scenes, with its imposing terrace houses, furnishings, clothes, impeccable manners and lots of cats make this a real treat to watch. The film is also notable for a solid John Barry music score.
Extras include trailers for "The Wrong Box" (sadly only in black and white), "Bunny Lake is Missing", "The Hireling" and "Gumshoe".
Despite this and its amazing cast, a great film still needs a strong script though. Otherwise it just ends up as yet another 'madcap' farce, soon to be forgotten. Thankfully, this gem has a great script, so ticks all the right boxes making it a classic for collectors. Well acted, strong story line, very funny and a truly Great British Classic make this 5-star entertainment.
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A good British comedy, but a bit slow in places. There are plenty of actors in cameo roles to spot.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
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