Law And Disorder

  • 1958
  • 1 HR 16 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

A slick comedy, characteristic of British movies of the era, LAW AND DISORDER is a beer keg of laughs squeezed into a brief 76 minutes. Redgrave is a crook who has made scads of pounds with various cons and schemes. His success is somewhat tempered by the fact that he is regularly sent away by a stern and pompous judge, Morley. That doesn't bother Redgrave...read more

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A slick comedy, characteristic of British movies of the era, LAW AND DISORDER is a beer keg of laughs squeezed into a brief 76 minutes. Redgrave is a crook who has made scads of pounds with various cons and schemes. His success is somewhat tempered by the fact that he is regularly sent away

by a stern and pompous judge, Morley. That doesn't bother Redgrave too much, but what does concern him is that his son, Burnham, does not find out what daddy does for a living. So Redgrave fills young Burnham with malarkey about being a missionary to cover his stays in the clink. Burnham grows up

believing that Redgrave is a religious do-gooder instead of a crook. The scenes between Redgrave and Burnham indicate that Redgrave is not a bad chap, just a dishonest one. Burnham grows up to be a barrister and becomes Morley's aide in court. Meanwhile, Redgrave has retired to a seaside fishing

village to live off his years of swag, but old habits are hard to break and he soon becomes involved with a gang of brandy smugglers who work out of the tiny town. He gets in touch with his old gang but things come to a mess and the gang is caught. Redgrave and his cohorts concoct a fantastic

scheme whereby they intend to frame Morley and get him disbarred. In the end, that doesn't work out and Redgrave is again sent to jail. His one consolation is that Burnham never does find out what he does to earn his livelihood. A tight screenplay, with not a word wasted, and sharp acting by some

of England's best characters. This is a good example of the 1950s "Brit-Coms" and there is so much joy in watching Morley acting with Redgrave that it seems a shame a series of films weren't made with these two characters pitted against each other.

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