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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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(Westrex Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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The prisoners are able to escape from their cell by removing the pins from the hinges. For obvious reasons real cell doors do not have hinges on the inside. 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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Remake of Convict 99 (1938) See more »

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Whimsical British comedy
27 August 1999 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Describing a film as 'lightweight' shouldn't always be seen as a criticism. Two Way Stretch deserves the description, but it should be seen as praise rather than a put-down.

Back in the 50s and 60s, the British film industry seemed able to churn out these comedy films at the drop of a hat. The Ealing Comedies are the best known, but there are also any number starring Norman Wisdom, and also a few gems with Peter Sellers in them.

Sellers takes the leading role here, that of a criminal in the last weeks of his sentence. He and his three cell mates are drawn into a daring robbery - one that involves them breaking out the night before their release, then breaking back in again, thereby ensuring they have a watertight alibi. Just about every character in the film is a caricature - the kind-hearted chief warder, the bumbling prison governor intent on seeing only the best in everyone, the army chief in charge of moving the jewels. Yet it all works, so long as you don't go in expecting some significant piece of cinema.

An excellent cast, with Sellers on top form. Maurice Denham, as the governor, Lionel Jeffries, as the control-freak warder, and Wilfred Hyde-White, as the crook planning the robbery, are worth singling out.


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