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Law and Disorder (1958)

A British petty criminal lies to his son about his frequent prison terms by inventing honorable plausible explanations for his absences from home, but things get complicated when his son becomes a judge's assistant.

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

Denys Roberts (novel), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Percy Brand
Robert Morley ... Judge Sir Edward Crichton
Ronald Squire ... Colonel Masters
Elizabeth Sellars ... Gina Lasalle
Joan Hickson ... Aunt Florence
Lionel Jeffries ... Major Proudfoot
Jeremy Burnham ... Colin Brand
Brenda Bruce ... Mary Cooper
Harold Goodwin ... Blacky
George Coulouris ... 'Bennie' Bensuson
Meredith Edwards ... Sergeant Bolton
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Vickery
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Freddie Cooper
Mary Kerridge ... Lady Crichton
Michael Trubshawe ... Ivan
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Storyline

When Percy Brand (Sir Michael Redgrave), a habitual confidence trickster, keeps being sent down, he goes to great lengths to ensure that his son Colin (Jeremy Burnham) does not find out about his criminal past. But when Colin becomes an assistant to Judge Sir Edward Crichton (Robert Morley), who is about to try Percy for his latest escapade, Percy and his gang have to come up with a plan, to stop them meeting in court. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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Taglines:

Michael Redgrave with an ingenious hand for disorder ... Robert Morley as the intrepid arm of the law ...

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Law and Disorder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

When Major Proudfoot shows the newspaper to Percy Brand in the pub, there is a close-up of the paper with the Major's face in the background. We hear his voice as he starts to speak but his lips don't move until a wider shot a couple of seconds later. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Bent - Warder Ext. Prison: Come on in Percy - nice to have you back again.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles give the names of the actors. Underneath Michael Redgrave's name is the caption "on the *wrong* side of the Law" and underneath Robert Morley's name is the caption "on the *right* side of the Law". See more »

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Featured in The Devil Inside (1961) See more »

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Redgrave in top comic form
16 June 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This underrated film was recently shown again on TV.Despite having seen this a number of times i still found it as fresh as on its first viewing.There are so many fresh faces in even bit parts.The film shows off Redgraves comedic talent to the full.The fact that everything is underplayed and the comedy is so wry makes it all the more funny.The situations are well thought out and the comedic aspects of the plot are fully exploited.Robert Morley is in good form as the pompous judge and Lionel Jeffries plays the sort of role that he could do blindfold.Another classic comedy from the 50s which i believe is every much as good as the revered Carry Ons.


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