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Convict 99 (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy | June 1938 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Cyril Campion (story), Ralph Smart (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Dr. Benjamin Twist
Moore Marriott ... Jerry, The Mole
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Googie Withers ... Lottie
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Sir Cyril
Basil Radford ... Deputy Governor
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Head Warder (as Denis Wyndham)
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Max Slessor (as Wilfrid Walter)
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Sykes
Garry Marsh ... Johnson
Basil McGrail Basil McGrail ... Bates
Graham Soutten Graham Soutten ... Raymond (as Ben Soutten)
Teddy Brown Teddy Brown ... Slim Charlie
Kathleen Harrison ... Mabel
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Colonial
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jerry's comment, "Do you want the cat?", refers to the 'cat-o'-nine-tails', the whip used in floggings. See more »

Goofs

When Johnson and Sykes are at Slim Charlie's cafe just before they make the phone call to the police station the shadow of the boom microphone falls across Will Hay. See more »

Connections

Remade as Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »

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Entry of the Gladiators
(uncredited)
Music by Julius Fucík
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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He is no Brubaker
24 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I try not to get engulfed with nostalgia when I watch something that is old and in black and white. You might make allowances for the time a film was made but too often the memory cheats.

Sometimes you watch old stuff you might had found amusing as a kid but looking at it again, it is woeful stuff. Here, Will Hay looks like he cannot even remember his lines.

Hay plays Benjamin Twist, an out of work schoolmaster who becomes Governor of Blackdown Prison because of a mistaken identity with the applicant who came up all the way from Australia for the job interview.

However when Twist arrives in prison he gets mistaken for a convict at first. Later he gets blackmailed when people who know who he really is threaten to expose him.

There is some fun knockabout stuff with Moore Marriott as the veteran inmate trying to dig his way out of prison for decades.

It just descends into long winded silliness that lacks any type laughs.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1938 (UK) See more »

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Mono (recorded on) (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording: Islington, London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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