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Two Way Stretch (1960)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1960 (Ireland)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

Vivian Cox, Alan Hackney (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Dodger Lane
David Lodge ... Jelly Knight
Bernard Cribbins ... Lennie Price
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Soapy Stevens (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... The Governor
Lionel Jeffries ... Chief P.O. Crout
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Price
Liz Fraser ... Ethel
Beryl Reid ... Miss Pringle
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Prescott
Myrette Morven Myrette Morven ... Miss Meakin
George Woodbridge ... Chief P.O. Jenkins
Edwin Brown ... Warder Charlie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Gate Warder (Day)
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Gate Warder (Night)
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Storyline

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 Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1960 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grüne Minna See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Maurice Denham plays the Governor who has his watch stolen, in the TV series Porridge he plays a jailed judge who has his watch stolen. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Fred's wife has brought in a young baby when she visits Fred in prison]
Fred: How old is he now, my love?
Fred's wife: Eight months, dearest.
[Fred looks suspicious and counts on his fingers]
Fred: But I've been in here nearly two years.
[Fred's wife smiles sweetly]
Fred's wife: Oh yes, Fred. But you sent me some *lovely* letters.
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References Convict 99 (1938) See more »

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A hilarious prison and caper comedy
20 April 2002 | by grstmcSee all my reviews

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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