The Policeman Of The 16th Precinct (1959)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  O Ilias Tou 16ou

Greece, 1959.  Finos Film.  Screenplay by , Alekos Sakellarios, based on their play.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Hilarious Greek comedy in which a quickly conceived, seemingly clever idea ends up blowing up in the faces of all involved. After overhearing a financially strapped couple work up a deal whereby the owner of a local café will take care of liquidating their jewels, endlessly inventive Elias convinces his friends that stealing valuables from a ritzy house is the best way to make quick cash. The gentlemen execute the robbery while Elias waits on the street dressed in a fake policeman’s uniform as lookout in case anyone comes along. Someone does, unfortunately, and it turns out to be a woman who believes that her friends have been robbed and need this “policeman’s” help. What ensues is a terrific comedy of errors replete with silly gags and blessed with a short enough running time for its peppy execution.

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