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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. With only a few days' sentence left, and the perfect alibi, what could possibly go wrong? Written by
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Liz Fraser (Ethel) was still learning to drive at the time the film was made. In the scene where Ethel follows the army convoy in an Aston Martin, she kept stalling as she set off on cue, so ropes were attached to the front of the car, out of shot, and it was towed. See more »
(at around 61 minutes) The driver reversing the Black Maria is not white-haired Soapy Stevens but a black-haired double. See more »
[Fred's wife has brought in a young baby when she visits Fred in prison]
How old is he now, my love?
Eight months, dearest.
[Fred looks suspicious and counts on his fingers]
But I've been in here nearly two years.
[Fred's wife smiles sweetly]
Oh yes, Fred. But you sent me some *lovely* letters.
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A wonderful film, a classic with so many brilliant performances from almost everybody involved.
A clever plot with a plan so cunning you are willing the "bad guys" to get away with it. It stands the test of time and seemed to improve with every viewing. Sellers, David Lodge and Bernard Cribbins are likeable rogues and Lionel Jeffries fits the sadistic warder part like a glove. Liz Fraser and Irene Handel are their usual excellent selves and Wilfred Hyde White shows his versatility throughout.
A splendid film - when it's scheduled for TV again, watch it or tape it - an underrated British Classic!
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