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Two Way Stretch (1960)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1960 (Ireland)
Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

John Warren (original story), Len Heath (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Dodger Lane
David Lodge ... Jelly Knight
Bernard Cribbins ... Lennie Price
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Soapy Stevens (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Maurice Denham ... The Governor
Lionel Jeffries ... Chief P.O. Crout
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Price
Liz Fraser ... Ethel
Beryl Reid ... Miss Pringle
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Prescott
Myrette Morven Myrette Morven ... Miss Meakin
George Woodbridge ... Chief P.O. Jenkins
Edwin Brown ... Warder Charlie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Gate Warder (Day)
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Gate Warder (Night)
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Storyline

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices. With only a few days' sentence left, and the perfect alibi, what could possibly go wrong? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1960 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Way Stretch See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Robert James is dubbed See more »

Goofs

The prisoners are able to escape from their cell by removing the pins from the hinges. For obvious reasons real cell doors do not have hinges on the inside. See more »

Quotes

[Dodger is reading the financial pages of the newspaper in his prison cell]
Dodger Lane: Cor, the bottom's dropped right out of Colonial Cocoa. When you knock off any money, lads, never put it on the Stock Exchange - I'll tell you that for nothing.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: H.M. PRISON HUNTLEIGH See more »

Connections

References Convict 99 (1938) See more »

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Whimsical British comedy
27 August 1999 | by MegabuckSee all my reviews

Describing a film as 'lightweight' shouldn't always be seen as a criticism. Two Way Stretch deserves the description, but it should be seen as praise rather than a put-down.

Back in the 50s and 60s, the British film industry seemed able to churn out these comedy films at the drop of a hat. The Ealing Comedies are the best known, but there are also any number starring Norman Wisdom, and also a few gems with Peter Sellers in them.

Sellers takes the leading role here, that of a criminal in the last weeks of his sentence. He and his three cell mates are drawn into a daring robbery - one that involves them breaking out the night before their release, then breaking back in again, thereby ensuring they have a watertight alibi. Just about every character in the film is a caricature - the kind-hearted chief warder, the bumbling prison governor intent on seeing only the best in everyone, the army chief in charge of moving the jewels. Yet it all works, so long as you don't go in expecting some significant piece of cinema.

An excellent cast, with Sellers on top form. Maurice Denham, as the governor, Lionel Jeffries, as the control-freak warder, and Wilfred Hyde-White, as the crook planning the robbery, are worth singling out.


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