The Wrong Arm of the Law

The Wrong Arm of the Law

Cliff Owen (1962)

U Certificate


Our Score
Peter Sellers was never funnier, and for those who think his small-time British comedies amused more than when he went big-time Hollywood this is a joy indeed. Sellers stars as Pearly Gates, a cockney criminal mastermind who uses a West End dress salon as a front for the illegal activities of his inept gang. He's up against Lionel Jeffries as Inspector "Nosey" Parker, whose bungling would give the future Inspector Clouseau a run for his money. Cliff Owen directs the marvellously inventive script with due care and attention as Scotland Yard and Sellers decide to co-operate to apprehend a Bill Kerr-led bunch of Australian crooks posing as policemen. There are a host of familiar faces in support, including Nanette Newman as Sellers's girl, plus a brief appearance by pre-fame Michael Caine.


A criminal mastermind joins forces with Scotland Yard and the best of Britain's crime bosses to stop a gang of Australian crooks disguised as policemen from taking over the London underworld. Comedy, starring Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Nanette Newman, Bernard Cribbins, Dennis Price and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Pearly Gates Peter Sellers
Inspector Parker Lionel Jeffries
Nervous O'Toole Bernard Cribbins
Trainer King Davy Kaye
Valerie Nanette Newman
Jack Coombes Bill Kerr
Bluey May Ed Devereaux
Reg Denton Reg Lye
Assistant Commissioner John Le Mesurier
Sid Cooper Graham Stark
TBC Michael Caine
Director Cliff Owen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD