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The Wrong Box (1966)

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The Wrong Box (1966)


The Wrong Box (1966)

1966 | Comedy | UK

Director: Bryan Forbes
Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Screenplay: Larry Gelbert and Burt Shevelove

Starring: John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Nunette Newman

Synopsis: A tontine is established for a dozen children, a tontine being a kind of bet/insurance, money is put in for each to grow with interest and the last survivor is to get the lot. We watch the group dwindle until only two brothers are left. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs, the other lives in ill health and poverty as the only support of his fairly stupid grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes until everyone is sure someone has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, hundreds of thousands of pounds (in Victorian England when a pound was a pound) will be theirs.

Tagline: Virtuous maidens...cunning cousins...dastardly deeds...bodies in barrels...and boxes and boxes of boxes!

It won a BAFTA Film Award for Best British Costume and was nominated for Best British Actor (Ralph Richardson) and Best British Art Direction.

Did you know;
Peter Cook's wife, Wendy was nine months pregnant when filming began. Director Bryan Forbes promised them that he would let Peter leave the set as soon as Wendy went into labor. He kept his word and Peter made it to the hospital just in time for the birth of his daughter, Daisy. Forbes, Dudley Moore, Michael Caine and Peter Sellers filled his dressing room with flowers and champagne in celebration of Daisy's birth when he returned to work.

Julia Finsbury: My father was a missionary. He was eaten by his Bible class.

Joseph Finsbury: [riding with the Hackett funeral party] It is, as you know, a statistical fact that in London one person dies every twenty-five seconds - which means that it is extremely probable that one of us may not even live to arrive at the ceremony!

Morris Finsbury: I collect eggs, Doctor.
Doctor Pratt: Eggs, yes. Oh, I enjoy an egg myself, yes. They don't make good pets, though; you can never get them in at night.

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