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Director:
Writers:
John Warren (original story and screenplay) and
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Release Date:
20 December 1960 (West Germany) See more »
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Peter Sellers has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A hilarious prison and caper comedy See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Peter Sellers ... Dodger Lane
David Lodge ... Jelly Knight

Bernard Cribbins ... Lennie Price

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Soapy Stevens (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Maurice Denham ... The Governor

Lionel Jeffries ... 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)
Andrew Downie ... Garden Warder
William Abney ... Visiting Room Warder
Thorley Walters ... Col. Parkright

John Wood ... Captain
Robert James ... Police Superintendent
Walter Hudd ... Rev. Patterson
Mario Fabrizi ... Jones

Warren Mitchell ... Tailor
John Glyn-Jones ... Lawyer
Arthur Mullard ... Fred
Vivienne Martin ... Fred's wife
Joe Gibbons ... Dustman
Ian Wilson ... Milkman
Edward Dentith ... Detective
John Harvey ... Governor Rockhampton Prison
Johnny Vyvyan ... Shorthouse (as John Vyvyen)
Harry Littlewood ... Postman
Homi Bode ... Court Chamberlain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abe Barker ... Sam - Oldest Inhabitant (uncredited)
Robert Day ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Dearlove ... Train Station Guard (uncredited)
Olga Dickie ... Woman in Pub (uncredited)
Tony Doonan ... Prisoner in Garden (uncredited)
Eynon Evans ... Solicitor (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... Rockingham Quarry Prison Warder (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ... Detective (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Day 
 
Writing credits
John Warren (original story and screenplay) and
Len Heath (original story and screenplay)

Alan Hackney (additional dialogue)

Vivian Cox  uncredited

Produced by
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... producer (as M. Smedley Aston)
 
Original Music by
Ken Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Rule 
 
Casting by
Paul Sheridan (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Joyce James .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Harold Buck .... production supervisor
Jacques de Lane Lea .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
John Danischewsky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Roy Rossotti .... assistant art director (as Roy Rosotti)
Roger Cain .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound recordist
Paddy Cunningham .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... dubbing editor (as Ted Mason)
Charles Wheeler .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Widdows .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
John Deaton .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Irwin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Bell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Jones .... conductor
 
Other crew
George Black Jr. .... presenter: in association with (as George and Alfred Black)
Alfred Black .... presenter: in association with (as George and Alfred Black)
Lee Turner .... continuity
Arthur Cleaver .... production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
78 min | 87 min (TCM Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1961) | UK:U

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 61 minutes) The driver reversing the Black Maria is not white-haired Soapy Stevens but a black-haired double.See more »
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References The Wooden Horse (1950)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A hilarious prison and caper comedy, 20 April 2002
Author: grstmc

This effort may not have been all that taxing on the considerable talents of the great Peter Sellers, but the character of Dodger Lane is an original, and the star gives a sly, confident performance as an unreformed "model prisoner" and untrustworthy trustee.

TWO-WAY STRETCH involves a trio of prison cell-mates who help to devise a crime with a twist. All they have to do is sneak out on the night before they're due to be released, pull off their latest heist, and then return before being missed, thereby providing themselves with a foolproof alibi in addition to their ill-gotten gains.

Huntleigh Prison is a very liberal institution, and Dodger (Sellers) takes full advantage of this, making his cell a home away from home. With the assistance of his two partners, Lennie Price (Bernard Cribbins) and Jelly Knight (David Lodge), he's practically running the place, and the three of them make a great comic team.

They don't plan on having any trouble sneaking out of Huntleigh, but that was before the appointment of the new head guard, Sidney "Sour" Crout (played by Lionel Jeffries), a tough disciplinarian, who barks rather than speaks. Why, he even expects the inmates to actually do some work in the rock quarry . . .before the arrival of their morning newspaper. Although Crout's presence disrupts their escape plans, the intrepid Dodger refuses to give up.

Also on hand is old reliable Wilfrid Hyde-White as Soapy Stevens, a crony who enlists Dodger for the heist; Maurice Denham as the hopelessly well-meaning warden; Irene Handl as crooked Ma Price; and the indispensable Liz Fraser as Ethel, Dodger's shapely girlfriend.

Everything clicks and there is never a dull moment in this hilarious comedy. There's nothing profound or insightful about it but that's one of the reasons why it's good. My rating of TWO-WAY STRETCH is a definite four stars out of five.

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