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Jail Birds (1940)

After escaping from prison, two criminals attempt to hide stolen jewels in a loaf of bread. However, it accidentally gets sent to the wrong house leading to their ultimate capture.

Director:

Oswald Mitchell

Writers:

Fred Karno (sketch), Con West
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Cast

Cast overview:
Albert Burdon Albert Burdon ... Bill Smith
Shaun Glenville Shaun Glenville ... Col. Pepper
Charles Farrell ... Spike Nelson
Charles Hawtrey ... Nick
Lorraine Clewes Lorraine Clewes ... Mary Smith
Sylvia Coleridge ... Mrs. Smith
Harry Terry Harry Terry ... Narky
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Bob
Nat Mills Nat Mills ... Mr. Popodopoulos
Bobbie Macauley Bobbie Macauley ... Mrs. Popodopoulos (as Bobbie)
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After escaping from prison, two criminals attempt to hide stolen jewels in a loaf of bread. However, it accidentally gets sent to the wrong house leading to their ultimate capture.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Azelhas com Sorte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Butcher's Film Service See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hawtrey in drag in feeble farce
4 February 2012 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film was made around the time of the outbreak of war.Hence the characters carrying their gas masks and the sign at the end pointing towards air raid shelters.This is a feeble farce made by Butchers,one of the oldest established film distributors.Hawtrey plays a prison convict who manages to escape with two others.With one of them he participates in a show in drag.A forerunner of his drag appearance in Carry on Regardless.Alas much of the comedy material consists of broad music hall humour.Lots of throwing water and porridge and paint over each other.I suppose if the audiences were easily amused in those days they would have gone away happy.Now it is more interesting as a historical record of an era long gone.


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