Two Way Stretch (Tudor 1960, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries)

Two Way Stretch (Tudor 1960, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries) (1960)

John Warren, Len Heath and Alan Hackney came up with an inspired screenplay for Two Way Stretch which cast Peter Sellers as Dodger Lane, a criminal who, with Lennie Price (Bernard Cribbins) and Jelly Knight (David Lodge), is happily incarcerated in the prison run like a home-from-home for old lags by the liberal governor (Maurice Denham).

Crook Soapy Stevens (Wilfrid Hyde White), masquerading as a clergyman, joins forces with Dodger and his two cell-mates to commit the crime of the century. The plan is simple – Dodger, Lennie and Jelly will break out of jail, steal a fortune in jewels from a maharajah, and then break back into prison to provide themselves with a foolproof alibi. But the scheme is almost torpedoed by the arrival of sadistic prison officer Crout (Lionel Jeffries), who shakes them out of their cosy jail routine.

Criminality prevails, however, and Crout is suitably dealt with before Dodger, Lennie and Jelly, helped by Dodger’s girlfriend Ethel (Liz Fraser) and her mother Mrs Price (Irene Handl), duly escape from jail in a Black Maria, pull off the robbery, and then return to jail.

The screenplay fairly fizzes with good visual and verbal jokes and cleverly contrived comic situations and was played with practised skill by the first-rate cast. When the film was released, the Variety Club of Great Britain voted Sellers actor of the year for Two Way Stretch, The Millionairess, The Mouse That Roared and Never Let Go.

production info

  • Year of Release: 1960
  • Country: UK | Tudor
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 78 minutes

Peter Sellers

Dodger Lane

David Lodge

Jelly Knight

Bernard Cribbins

Lennie Price

Wilfrid Hyde-White

Soapy Stevens

Maurice Denham

The Governor

Lionel Jeffries

Chief P.O. Crout

Irene Handl

Mrs. Price

Beryl Reid

Miss Pringle

Noel Hood

Miss Prescott

Myrette Morven

Miss Meakin

George Woodbridge

Chief P.O. Jenkins

Edwin Brown

Warder Charlie

Cyril Chamberlain

Gate Warder

Wallas Eaton

Gate Warder