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]

Directed byOswald Mitchell
Produced byF.W. Baker
Written byscreenplay:
Con West
Oswald Mitchell
Based onthe famous stage comedy by Fred Karno
StarringHarry Terry
Albert Burdon
Shaun Glenville
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byCecil H. Williamson
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • February 1940 (1940-02) (UK)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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]


  1. "Jail Birds (1940)".
  2. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). "British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film". Routledge via Google Books.
  3. "Jailbirds". TVGuide.com.

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