Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2/6/09: The Wrong Box (1966)

It is difficult to think of another movie with a more promising cast: John Mills, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers and Ralph Richardson, all starring in a demented British comedy. Based on a novel co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box is silly without being truly funny and well-executed without being particularly interesting. The plot has to do with an inheritance and the scheming men who want to get their paws on it; along the way there are dead bodies, crazy mixups, and a very sexy but repressed lass played by Nanette Newman—and she was the only thing in this romp that commanded my full attention throughout. I'm not sure what went wrong, because I was prepared to love this film and walked away profoundly disappointed. Rating: 2/5.

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