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Will Hay - Convict 99 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UUWFN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Will Hay - Convict 99


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4.0 out of 5 stars Someone's made a dreadful bloomer. 17 Oct 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A good Laugh 28 Dec 2013
By Keith
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British comedy at its best. Will Hay was a comic genius, especially when cast with Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. A really funny film that can be enjoyed by all the family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Jan 2013
By Debra
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Getting older films is getting really hard to do so this is a great place to start the search for them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars rather uneven hay comedy but still good. 15 Aug 2012
"convict 99" has the makings of a great will hay comedy but it doesn't quite work somehow. the plot is a bit weak, the dialogue not up to the usual first class standards and the film suddenly turns more serious about halfway through. in addition, the lack of any location shots makes the film a bit hemmed in.
in spite of the above, it is always a pleasure to see hay and his two popular sidekicks, harbottle and albert.
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4.0 out of 5 stars convict 99 7 April 2012
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Well not as funny as Ole mister porter, but still good. dvd turned up on time and in good condition.
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