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Two Way Stretch (1960)

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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 »

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Cast

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

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4 March 1960 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Die grüne Minna  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Robert James is dubbed See more »

Goofs

(at around 61 minutes) The driver reversing the Black Maria is not white-haired Soapy Stevens but a black-haired double. See more »

Quotes

[Fred's wife has brought in a young baby when she visits Fred in prison]
Fred: How old is he now, my love?
Fred's wife: Eight months, dearest.
[Fred looks suspicious and counts on his fingers]
Fred: But I've been in here nearly two years.
[Fred's wife smiles sweetly]
Fred's wife: Oh yes, Fred. But you sent me some *lovely* letters.
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For its day, a most enjoyable and influential film.
30 November 2003 | by (March (or Die), ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

A very influential film in the history of the British cinema that spawned one of the most popular TV series that there has ever been in Britain.

The characters are all wonderful. Peter Sellers as the suave and crafty Dodger, Bernard Cribbins as the not too bright Lenny, David Lodge as the old lag Jelly, Lionel Jeffries in a masterful performance as Mr. Crout (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Hitler), Wilfred Hyde White as the slippery and devious Soapy Stevens and, my favourite, Liz Fraser as the ravishing Ethel. Most of these characters plus others were lifted wholesale from the film, with name changes, to form the cast of the hit TV series 'Porridge', still one of the funniest things on British TV, even 30 years down the line.

The plot is inventive and extremely silly, if a little predictable, and there are plenty of laughs even if some of the vehicles are pretty well tried. The film stands the test of time well I feel. The characters are well stereotyped and so live on and prison doesn't change much, I suppose, and so it retains its relevance.

Quite what non-British viewers would make of it, I'm not sure, as there is much British slang in the dialogue and much of it would be meaningless, but if you can get round that, this film is well worth a watch.


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