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...
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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. With only a few days' sentence left, and the perfect alibi, what could possibly go wrong?Written by
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Peter Sellers proved very difficult for director Robert Day to work with and, at one point, even walked off the film. He was eventually persuaded to return, but Day later calculated that he had put about ten days on the shooting schedule through his tantrums. See more »
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 »
[Fred's wife has brought in a young baby when she visits Fred in prison]
How old is he now, my love?
Eight months, dearest.
[Fred looks suspicious and counts on his fingers]
But I've been in here nearly two years.
[Fred's wife smiles sweetly]
Oh yes, Fred. But you sent me some *lovely* letters.
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I found this film hilarious when I first saw it on general release as a small boy, and if anything I find it even funnier now. This film is listed as an early Peter Sellars vehicle, but his fans should be warned that the great Lionel Jeffries steals every scene he is in, starring as the disciplinarian Chief Prison Officer Sidney Crout, "The most evil twisted screw that ever crept down a prison corridor". Great performances too from David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Irene Handl and Wilfred Hyde-White make this a real repertory ensemble production. And what a witty script. Definitely one of my top ten favourite films of all time (and I bet it didn't cost more than £25,000 to make).
How could I omit to mention the ravishing Liz Fraser? Funny and gorgeous!
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