The Wrong Box (1966)

105 mins | Comedy | 1966

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Producer:

Bryan Forbes

Cinematographer:

Gerry Turpin

Editor:

Alan Osbiston

Production Designer:

Ray Simm

Production Company:

Salamander Film Productions
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HISTORY

Opened in London in May 1966; running time: 110 ... More Less

Opened in London in May 1966; running time: 110 min. More Less

CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
John Parker
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam asst
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp, arr & cond
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to the prod
Camera grip
Constr mgr
Props
Props
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne (London, 1889).
MUSIC
Selected funeral and military airs, composers undetermined, performed by The Temperance Seven.
SONGS
"Light of Head," words and music by Clifford Bevan.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 July 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Salamander Film Productions
Copyright Date:
1 October 1966
Copyright Number:
LP33657
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Victorian London, two elderly brothers, Masterman and Joseph Finsbury, are bound together by a tontine, a financial arrangement whereby the last surviving member inherits a large fortune. With Masterman's decline in both health and wealth, he decides to dispose of his brother so that the money will pass to his grandson, Michael, an unpromising medical student. Masterman makes several attempts on Joseph's life, but the latter is too absorbed in his hobby of collecting useless information to notice. Meanwhile, Joseph's two greedy nephews, Morris and John, are also plotting to gain the inheritance. Mistakenly believing that Masterman is dead, that Michael is concealing the fact, and that Uncle Joseph was killed in a train wreck, they crate up what they think is Joseph's corpse and ship it home, hoping to hush up the death. The crate, however, contains the body of the Bournemouth strangler and is mistakenly delivered to Masterman's house. While the confused Michael frantically tries to dispose of it, the two nephews persuade the disreputable Dr. Pratt to sign a post-dated death certificate for Joseph. Confusion mounts as the police begin searching for the body of the strangler. After a wild chase, the situation is resolved when both Masterman and Joseph arrive, alive and well. The villainous cousins are exposed, and the tontine apparently is destined to benefit Michael and Julia, Joseph's ward, who have fallen in ... +


In Victorian London, two elderly brothers, Masterman and Joseph Finsbury, are bound together by a tontine, a financial arrangement whereby the last surviving member inherits a large fortune. With Masterman's decline in both health and wealth, he decides to dispose of his brother so that the money will pass to his grandson, Michael, an unpromising medical student. Masterman makes several attempts on Joseph's life, but the latter is too absorbed in his hobby of collecting useless information to notice. Meanwhile, Joseph's two greedy nephews, Morris and John, are also plotting to gain the inheritance. Mistakenly believing that Masterman is dead, that Michael is concealing the fact, and that Uncle Joseph was killed in a train wreck, they crate up what they think is Joseph's corpse and ship it home, hoping to hush up the death. The crate, however, contains the body of the Bournemouth strangler and is mistakenly delivered to Masterman's house. While the confused Michael frantically tries to dispose of it, the two nephews persuade the disreputable Dr. Pratt to sign a post-dated death certificate for Joseph. Confusion mounts as the police begin searching for the body of the strangler. After a wild chase, the situation is resolved when both Masterman and Joseph arrive, alive and well. The villainous cousins are exposed, and the tontine apparently is destined to benefit Michael and Julia, Joseph's ward, who have fallen in love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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