November 23, 2014

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The Wrong Box – 1966 | 105 mins | Comedy | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

The Wrong Box

A huge inheritance ignites a murderous Victorian family feud in The Wrong Box, this hilarious black comedy is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. The last beneficiaries, the two Finsbury brothers, will stop at nothing to outlive each other – and win the fortune. Helping the irascible, poverty stricken Masterman Finsbury (John Mills) is his shy grandson Michael (Michael Caine). Opposing them are his eccentric younger brother, Joseph Finsbury (Ralph Richardson), and a pair of greedy nephews, Morris (Peter Cook) and John (Dudley Moore). Julia (Nanette Newman) is in love with Michael, and unbeknown to her, he also adores her. Morris and John believe that Joseph is killed in a train crash, not wanting the authorities to find out, they ship home what they believe to be their uncle’s body – and hence Michael finds a coffin containing a perfect stranger on his doorstep. Before you can shout ‘fratricide’, the landscape is cluttered with corpses, bumbling detectives (Tony Hancock) and a mad surgeon (Peter Sellers).

Production Team

Bryan Forbes: Director
Ray Simm: Art Direction
Gerry Turpin: Cinematography
Julie Harris: Costume Design
Alan Osbiston: Editing
Basil Newall: Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger: Makeup Department
John Barry: Original Music
Bryan Forbes: Producer
Peter James: Production Design
Burt Shevelove: Script
Lloyd Osbourne: Script
Larry Gelbart: Script

Cast

John Mills: Masterman Finsbury
Michael Caine: Michael Finsbury
Ralph Richardson: Joseph Finsbury
Peter Cook: Morris Finsbury
Dudley Moore: John Finsbury
Peter Sellers: Doctor Pratt
Nanette Newman: Julia Finsbury
Tony Hancock: Detective
Avis Bunnage: Queen Victoria
Jeremy Lloyd: Brian Allen Harvey
James Villiers: Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
Graham Stark: Ian Scott Fife
Nicholas Parsons: Alan Frazer Scrope
Leonard Rossiter: Vyvyan Alistair Montague
Peter Graves: Military Officer
John Junkin: First Engine Driver
John Le Mesurier: Dr Slattery
Irene Handl: Mrs Hackett
Wilfred Lawson: Peacock



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