Sight and Sound - 12/01/2002
"...This brisk, entertaining caper is one of the few British comedies of its era that stands up to comparison with Ealin's finest. Seller excels as the London gangland boss Pearly..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
In this hilarious crime comedy, Peter Sellers stars as Pearly Gates, the cockney kingpin of London's most efficient gang of thieves, organizing spectacular robberies from behind the front of a haute-couture dress salon. Everything goes well until the police start appearing after every job to confiscate the loot. The astute Pearly realizes there's a traitor in his gang, and no one is above suspicion - not even his enticing girlfriend Valerie. The Wrong Arm Of The Law is a British comic gem.
A Cockney band of thieves pose as police officers and begin confiscating loot stolen by another London gang who operate behind a high-fashion salon. Realizing his outfit is getting ripped off by the impersonators, criminal kingpin Pearly Gates (Peter Sellers) teams up with both rival gang leaders and the police to capture the double-crossing crooks and restore order to the London underworld. Sellers delivers a typically manic performance in this little-seen spoof of gangster movies.
All the London-based criminal gangs become so outraged by a rival Australian mob's total lack of ethics in hijacking them after the jobs they pull that they join forces with the police in a plan to run them down.