The Wrong Box (1966)

on July 19, 1966 by BOXOFFICE Staff
   That old gag-"Where there's a will, there's a relative"-has been expanded by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, the librettests of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," into an irreverently funny comedy about a pair of lively "corpses" who thwart all efforts to be buried prematurely by their greedy next-of-kin who hope to inherit the family fortune. Action, set in the Victorian era, pyramids to a frenzied climax involving an extra corpse nobody wants and a race to the cemetery by horse-driven herses, a beer truck and an ice wagon. Bryan Forbes proves as excellent at directing off-beat period comedy as he is at drama, and the slightly stylized acting technique occasionally used by his all-British cast in "The Wrong Box" adds plenty of flavor to the fun. Graveyard finale is handled tactfully and in good taste. Although primarily an art-house attraction, with names like Michael Caine, John Mills, Ralph Richardson and Peter Seller top-featured, "The Wrong Box" could also be the right booking to attract general audiences in any large house in any key city. Sellers, incidentally, is priceless in a cameo bit. Eastman Color photography, costuming, editing and art direction are first rate. Columbia. 95 min. Starring John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
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