He plays a cockney con in a prison cell with David Lodge (Chalk and Cheese) and Bernard Cribbins.
Just watched it, I must have seen it before but you'd swear blind it was the inspiration for Porridge.
Sellers character is a wise-cracking cockney prisoner trying to get one over the establishment, there is a pushover prison warder (Geoffrey Woodbridge) in the style of Mr Barraclough who is replaced by a disciplinarian played by Lionel Jeffries who at one point falls through a hole in the ground made by the prisoners.
It also stars Maurice Denham as the Governor who starred in a couple of episodes of Porridge as the judge who put Fletcher down and ended up in his cell.
The delightful Liz Fraser plays Sellers girlfriend.
“I thought my mother was a bad cook but at least her gravy used to move about".
Post by Arthur Pringle on May 23, 2020 20:09:10 GMT
Have seen it a few times over the years, probably saw it first on Channel 4 one afternoon years ago. I confuse it with 'The Wrong Arm Of The Law' which is written by the same team & also stars Sellers.
No doubt La Frenais & Clement had seen Two Way Stretch. Grouty & his living conditions also reminds me of Bridger in 'The Italian Job'.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?
I remember years ago talking to Graham Stark and I mentioned Sellers to him. He referred to him as a flawed genius. Though I don't personally rate him as a genius, he was very good and yes, he was flawed.
What a film. One of my favourites!! Some great cast members. A brilliant British classic. I can remember the theme and whistling it right now !! I’ve got the Australian film poster for it somewhere in my collection ( random !!) 😂😂. I’ll get a pic at some point 👍👍