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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 01 Jun 1938 /
||Director: Marcel Varnel,
||Synopsis: A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ...
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Convict 99 is directed by Marcel Varnel and collectively written by
Jack Davis Jr, Marriott Edgar, Val Guest, Ralph Smart and Cyril
Campion. It stars Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Googie
Withers, Peter Gawthorne, Basil Radford and Dennis Wyndham.
Dismissed from his position as headmaster at St. Michael's School, Dr.
Benjamin Twist (Hay) applies for a job at another school. Inadvertently
going into the wrong interview room, Twist finds himself offered the
job because the interviewers think he is a John Benjamin, a tough
Australian who has applied for the Warder's job at Blakedown Prison in
Devon! Twist in charge of a prison? One that houses some of the
toughest criminals in Britain! Oh no...
After the monster success of Oh, Mr. Porter! a few months previously,
it was always going to be hard for Will Hay's next film to compete. And
so it proved. While Convict 99 falls some way below the standard set by
"Porter", some of the harsh reviews back on the film's release were
misjudged. The prison setting seemed to bother many; more so the
picture of prison life painted, with a few critics bizarrely thinking
it was a satire on prison reform!
Convict 99 is a standard Will Hay/Gainsborough Pictures romp, it milks
the mistaken identity theme for all its worth and slots in a few very
funny set-pieces along the way. Re: Twist breaking rocks and losing his
sledgehammer, the betting shenanigans and the break out of prison and
break into the bank. The famed trio of Hay, Marriott and Moffatt don't
get much time to interact together, which is disappointing, in fact
Moffatt is under used, but Marriott's Jerry the Mole is a wonderful
character and the wise old Marriott perks things up when the film
begins to sag. Good character actors Gawthorne, Radford and Wyndham
ensure the material doesn't fall flat, while Withers holds her end up
well in a male dominated screenplay. 7/10
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