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Peter Gawthorne ...
Sir Cyril
Basil Radford ...
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Dennis Wyndham ...
Head Warder (as Denis Wyndham)
Wilfred Walter ...
Max Slessor (as Wilfrid Walter)
Alf Goddard ...
Sykes
Garry Marsh ...
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Basil McGrail ...
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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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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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Widecombe Fair
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Traditional, collected by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Will Hay as he leaves the Devonshire Lad Inn
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Utterly ridiculous!
11 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

...but yet SO ridiculous that it draws you in and you have to stay watching to see what happens.

Benjamin Twist was a school master, and he's at this agency wanting a job in a school for reformed boys. But a general misunderstanding/mistaken identity gets him instead a different job, that of a prison governor! You see the man they wanted for the job is called Mr. Benjamin, as in *last* name Benjamin. So when everyone starts calling Mr. Twist 'Benjamin' (which is his first name), he just calls them all by their first names back and they all think he's such a riot. He does eventually realise their mistake, but at the same time finds out that the job pays £2000 a year; where the job he was actually after only pays £75. Well, being a prison warden isn't THAT much different from being schoolmaster to difficult boys, is it...


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