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 ...
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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
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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