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Where There's A Will [DVD]

Will Hay    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Will Hay
  • 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: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q584
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,703 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Not quite vintage Will Hay, Where There's a Will dates from 1936--a year or two before the comic started turning out his best screen work--and casts Hay as an inept, drunken lawyer who begins the day by having the gas, phone and electricity cut off as he dryly plays off his cynical office boy (Graham Moffatt), but ends the film dressed as Santa Claus foiling a high society robbery and convincing even his stern, upper-crust brother-in-law (blustering HF Maltby) that he's earned a drink. It lacks the focus of Hay's best vehicles, with too much plot about conniving gangsters (slinky Gina Halo, sly Hartley Power) using the "Red-Headed League" ploy of hiring the lawyer to get him out of his office so they can rob the downstairs bank, while Hay's family complications revolve around a daughter (Peggy Simpson) who idolises him and doesn't know he's a failure. There are a few vaudeville-style turns, as Hay tries to blind officious landladies or potential clients with legal nonsense or gets a teetotal butler drunk, but it's mostly running-around. Imported Yank director William Beaudine, who gets a script credit with Hay (from a Sidney Gilliat/Leslie Arliss story), basically referees the show, standing back so the star can get on with it. Hammer fans should note that editor TR Fisher is Terence Fisher, future director of The Curse of Frankenstein and other classics.--Kim Newman

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Video aspect ratio: 4:3
Sound: Mono


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Will Hay 31 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Until recently I would not have considered myself a fan, but watching these films again after a long time has been a really refreshing experience. As usual Will Hay bungles and blusters his way around amid a chain of events completely out of his control and somehow it all turns out well in the end. This was not the best film in the collection but was a very enjoyable watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp 26 Aug 2008
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I'm not especially a fan of the mans films, and having seen a few of the acknowledged classics and been somewhat underwelmed, the thought of watching this did not appeal.
Well I'd be the first to admit I was wrong. The story concerns Benjamin Stubbins (Hay) a failed solicitor whose life is falling apart around him. His office becomes the focal point for a bank job. The first 1/2 of the film is very pacey and flies by. There are many funny scenes and I genuinely enjoyed watching this part of the film. In the second half it slowed down a bit and didn't quite maintain the same standard.

However overall this is an entertaining old-fashioned comedy thats worth getting at the right price.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Hay 19 Sep 2009
By Douglas S. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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All of WILL HAY's films are worth having and watching. If you are having a bad day, or depressed watching any of his films will calm you and make you laugh. I have almost all his films. Definately worth having.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 27 Aug 2008
By S J Buck - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not especially a fan of the mans films, and having seen a few of the acknowledged classics and been somewhat underwelmed, the thought of watching this did not appeal.
Well I'd be the first to admit I was wrong. The story concerns Benjamin Stubbins (Hay) a failed solicitor whose life is falling apart around him. His office becomes the focal point for a bank job. The first 1/2 of the film is very pacey and flies by. There are many funny scenes and I genuinely enjoyed watching this part of the film. In the second half it slowed down a bit and didn't quite maintain the same standard.

However overall this is an entertaining old-fashioned comedy thats worth getting at the right price.
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