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
Did You Know?
Jerry's comment, "Do you want the cat?", refers to the 'cat-o'-nine-tails', the whip used in floggings. See more
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
Remade as Two Way Stretch
Traditional, collected by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Will Hay
as he leaves the Devonshire Lad Inn See more