Peter Sellers gives another deft, very funny performance in Two Way Stretch. The thin story line concerns a free-and-easy prison run by a governor who is more interested in gardening than discipline. Occupying a cell, which is far more like a luxury bed-sitting room, are three partners in crime – Sellers, David Lodge and Bernard Cribbins. They have the prison completely sewn up.
Posing as a clergyman, an outside partner arrives with a scheme for stealing $5 million in diamonds. It needs the trio to break jail the night before their release, pull off the job, return to prison with their loot, and next morning walk out free men and with a perfect alibi. The arrival of a tough new chief warden frustrates their plans.
Much of the dialog was supplied by Alan Hackney and, almost certainly, by Sellers himself. Success of this film depends largely on the actors and Robert Day’s brisk direction. Sellers has himself a ball as the leader of the crafty trio of crooks while Lodge and Cribbins make perfectly contrasted partners. A long list of tried, handpicked performers chip in when required.