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Convict 99 (1938)

| Comedy | June 1938 (UK)
A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ... See full summary »

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Graham Moffatt ...
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Peter Gawthorne ...
Sir Cyril
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Deputy Governor
Dennis Wyndham ...
Head Warder (as Denis Wyndham)
Wilfred Walter ...
Max Slessor (as Wilfrid Walter)
Alf Goddard ...
Sykes
Garry Marsh ...
Johnson
Basil McGrail ...
Bates
Graham Soutten ...
Raymond (as Ben Soutten)
Teddy Brown ...
Slim Charlie
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mabel
Roy Emerton ...
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A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a school rather than a prison, he celebrates accordingly only to find that his drunkenness accidently lands him on the wrong side of the prison bars. The Governorship is eventually restored to him, and he sets about popularising himself amongst the convicts by turning a blind eye to their shady dealings. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Trivia

Jerry's comment, "Do you want the cat?", refers to the 'cat-o'-nine-tails', the whip used in floggings. See more »

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When Twist is talking to Johnson at Johnson's desk, Johnson is not wearing his committee badge. But in the next scene when they are walking outside the cells, Johnson now has a badge on. See more »

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Remade as Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »

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Entry of the Gladiators
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Music by Julius Fucík
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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New strides in penology
13 February 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Will Hay starring once again with trusty second bananas Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt plays a schoolmaster who's been kicked out of his last employment. Seeking a new job he's made governor (warden to us Yanks) of a prison. But through a wonderful series of mishaps arrives much like Robert Redford did in Brubaker. Takes them a while before they realize he is the new governor.

Once there the prisoners realize that they've got themselves a Captain Parmenter like pigeon. Hay's so stupid and so full of himself he thinks he's doing grand things. The cons realize that if they just make him look good they can turn the place into a country club and do.

Marriott plays a lifer who has tunneled just about everywhere in the system, but hasn't escaped yet. Moffatt plays a simple and trusting prison guard. All three are bloody marvelous as the British would say.


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