On the Beat (1962 film)

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On the Beat
On the Beat FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Robert Asher
Produced by Hugh Stewart
Earl St. John (executive producer)
Starring Norman Wisdom
Music by Philip Green
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Release dates 1962
Country United Kingdom
Language English

On the Beat is a 1962 British comedy film starring Norman Wisdom, and directed by Robert Asher.

Plot[edit]

Norman Pitkin (Wisdom) works at Scotland Yard as a car cleaner but dreams of becoming a policeman like his late father. The police reject his request to join the force but recruit him to work undercover in disguise as the double of a suspected jewel thief, an Italian crime boss who looks just like him. In addition to his criminal activities this man is a ladies' hairdresser. Norman disguises himself as the suspect and gains entry to his salon. Once inside, after some mishaps, he manages to find the stolen goods, knock out the suspect, wrap him up in a curtain/wall rug, and bring him to justice. As a reward, he is offered a permanent place in the police and marries his love, the ex-girlfriend of the man he brought to justice (whom had he rescued earlier in the film when she was attempting to commit suicide by jumping in the river).

Main cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1963.[1]

Reception[edit]

  1. ^ "Most Popular Films Of 1963." Times [London, England] 3 Jan. 1964: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.

Music[edit]

A slightly different arrangement of the film's title theme, by composer Philip Green, was recorded for a production music library, and may be heard in many US animated cartoons of the early 1960's, particularly those of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

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