Jailbirds (1940 film)

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Directed by Oswald Mitchell
Written by
  • Con West (screenplay)
  • Oswald Mitchell (scenario)
Based onthe famous stage comedy by Fred Karno
Produced byF.W. Baker
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by Cecil H. Williamson
Music by Percival Mackey
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • February 1940 (1940-02)(UK)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Jailbirds is a 1940 British comedy crime film directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Albert Burdon, Harry Terry and Charles Farrell. [1] It was based on a theatrical sketch by Fred Karno. [2]


Plot summary

After escaping from prison two criminals attempt to hide stolen jewels in a loaf of bread. However it accidentally gets sent to the wrong house leading to their ultimate capture.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "Funnier than most British comedies of the time," and rated it two out of four stars. [3]

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  1. "Jail Birds (1940)". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. ISBN   9781317740636 via Google Books.
  3. "Jailbirds". TVGuide.com.