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Two Way Stretch

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1960
  • Robert Day
  • 83 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy starring Peter Sellers as the leader of a gang planning a daring diamond robbery for which they have the perfect alibi - they are all in jail. Under their prison's easy-going regime, they are able to receive visits from an outside accomplice who disguises himself as a vicar. But the seemingly foolproof plan is jeopardised by the sudden arrival of a tough new warder.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Fans of Peter Sellers rate this British venture, made before he started to believe his own publicity, as one of the best things he did. It's a prison comedy that predates Porridge with a snarling stand-off between cocky convict Sellers, his cellmates Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge, and paranoid warden Lionel Jeffries. The plot - about a group of prisoners trying to break back into jail after a heist - is wonderfully developed and there are delightful cameos along the way from Irene Handl, Wilfrid Hyde White and Liz Fraser.

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Credits

Cast

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Dodger LanePeter Sellers
Reverend Basil "Soapy" FowlerWilfrid Hyde White
Jelly KnightDavid Lodge
Lennie PriceBernard Cribbins
Cmdr Horatio Bennet, the prison governorMaurice Denham
Sidney CroutLionel Jeffries
Mrs PriceIrene Handl
EthelLiz Fraser
Warder JenkinsGeorge Woodbridge
Warder GeorgeCyril Chamberlain
Warder CharlieEdwin Brown
LawyerJohn Glyn-Jones
Miss PringleBeryl Reid
Miss MeakinNoel Hood
Miss PrescottMyrette Morven
Colonel ArkwrightThorley Walters
Reverend ButterworthWalter Hudd
TailorWarren Mitchell

Crew

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DirectorRobert Day

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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