Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 02 May 2022
Directed by Cliff Owen and scripted by the incomparable British comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe and Son) with John Antrobus, THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW brings together a Who’s Who of familiar faces from British film and television of the 60s and 70s. In London, a group of Australian gangsters disguised as “Bobbies”, led by Jack Coombes (Bill Kerr), are diverting the ill-gotten gains of the local criminal gangs. Gang leader "Pearly" Gates (Sellers), who operates from the cover of a French couturier, finds his takings severely cut. Initially he blames rival crook "Nervous" O'Toole (Bernard Cribbins) but when it emerges that they are both being scammed by the same gang, they form an unlikely alliance with Scotland Yard Police Inspector - Lionel Jeffries' "Nosey" Parker - to eliminate the so-called "I.P.O. mob" (I.P.O. - Impersonating a Police Officer) and return things to “normal”. Nanette Newman provides the love interest, John Le Mesurier plays a senior policeman, and a young Michael Caine has a small and uncredited role as a young PC.