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Will Hay Collection [DVD]

Martita Hunt , Will Hay , Marcel Varnel , William Beaudine    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martita Hunt, Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott, Glennis Lorimer
  • Directors: Marcel Varnel, William Beaudine
  • Writers: Val Guest
  • Producers: Narkover
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 735 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,804 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the Golden age of Comedy, Will Hay is one of the greatest British comedians of all time. A major star of the 1930�s, Hay relishes playing pompous, incompetent authority figures. His misanthropic antics have inspired many great funny men and never fail to raise a full-hearty laugh.

This 9 DVD collection features the best of Will Hay�s film hits, Ask a Policeman, Boys Will Be Boys, Convict 99, Good Morning Boys, Hey! Hey USA, Oh, Mr Porter! , Old Bones of the River, Where There�s A Will, Windbag the Sailor

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This collection of feature films stars the legendary Will Hay in some of his most celebrated roles. Titles includes ASK A POLICEMAN, BOYS WILL BE BOYS, CONVICT 99, GOOD MORNING BOYS, HEY! HEY! USA, OH MR PORTER, OLD BONES OF THE RIVER, WHERE THERE'S A WILL, and WINDBAG THE SAILOR. ...Will Hay Collection - 9-DVD Set ( Ask a Policeman / Boys Will Be Boys / Convict 99 / Good Morning, Boys / Hey! Hey! USA / Oh, Mr. Porter! / Old Bones of the River / Where There's a Will / Windbag the Sailor ) ( Narkover )

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Will Hay fans 14 Oct 2009
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This box set features nine movies from comedian Will Hay and being completely honest it is a mixed bag. Some of the movies seem to have dated much more than others and while every film has it's moments, there is little doubt that Will Hay was at his most effective when he starred alongside Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. Having said that though, I thought the most disappointing DVD was 'Convict 99' which is very highly regarded and starred all three but for some reason I found it slow and ponderous.

By far the highlight is 'Oh, Mr Porter' which is still funny and has stood the test of time. 'Ask A Policeman', 'Good Morning Boys' and 'Windbag The Sailor' are also good fun but 'Hey! Hey! USA' starts off OK but soon runs out of steam. Virtually every single movie has a similar plot with Will as an inept person of authority who somehow emerges as the hero. He pops up as a headmaster, sea captain, lawyer, station master, prison governor and chief of police and is totally incompetant at each job but prevails in the end.

It goes without saying that this collection is an absolute must for fans of Will Hay. A lot of the comedy might not seem that funny nowadays but this is humour from a distant age and it does have bags of charm. If you are thinking of buying this collection then I also recommend the excellent book Will Hay by Graham Rinaldi.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Although seen a lot on tv when I was young, Will Hay's comedies have largely disappeared from the screen these days. This is sad as the comedy is as fresh as it ever was and deserves a wider audience. Anyone who enjoys the more familiar American comedies of the time from Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers and WC Fields would be sure to enjoy our very own Will.

His persona is of the bewildered and pompous man of authority who doesn't realize that he's an idiot. I was struck on seeing his movies after many years that he provides the genesis of characters such as Captain Mainwaring from Dads' Army with perhaps even a bit of Father Ted!

That aside these nine films are not a complete collection, but they take in his golden middle period of the movies he mainly made for Gainsborough in the late 1930s. The most well-known is Oh, Mr Porter in which he perfects his ensemble act with side-kicks Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott. Moffatt plays Albert, a round, cheeky, overgrown kid. Marriott as Harbottle is the perfect foil for him in that Moffatt played a character who was a lot younger than the actor and Marriott, who was about the same age as Will, plays a decrepit and cantankerous old-timer. Both side-kicks are devious and treat Will with comic contempt.

The films featuring their three-part relationship are Will's best, and involve the threesome being put in different situations and settings where they can create havoc. Their quick banter and slapstick are always entertaining and so it's good that all their joint films are in this collection. My personal favourite is Ask A Policeman featuring a sleepy town devoid of crime, which creates a pleasant vision of rural England.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! Mr Porter - how nice to see you again! 8 Feb 2010
Like many of the reviews posted here, I remember Will Hay from my early youth. Unlike many of the British films and sitcoms from past decades that keep appearing and reappearing on Sky and TV these treasures have disappeared completely.

Will Hay's style is such a generous one. He allows his fellow comedians to set him up as the fall guy, he delivers them the lines to finish himself off and to look ridiculous. I particularly love a scene in 'Ask a Policemen' where the three bobbies set a speed trap (on foot) armed with moveable road sign showing 30mph, a stopwatch and a pad and pencil. It's truly hilarious.

I may be a cynic but the storylines in these films have been re-done and re-done - but in my opinion not to this standard. He was a genius.

Highly recommended.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically funny 2 Feb 2009
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I'd not seen Will Hay since my early youth when his films were shown on Saturday morning tv. I couldn't recall Hay's work being so funny but 30 years on they are so much better, the humour is sharp, witty and so rapidly delivered. One liners just keep on coming, there's no time to recover and I laughed so hard I had to clutch my ribs!! Excellent boxed set that really does justice to the Will Hay 'team'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be in every household 11 July 2010
Over the last ten years there have been a variety of covers of this box set it is really the same product. Anyway the films are always great and we have classic of the trio of Hay, Graham Moffat and Moore Marriott. Sadly no "Where's that Fire" but this is due to it being a lost film so I suppose there is a problem with who really owns it (you can see the entire film on Youtube).

My favourite scenes are from Convict 99 with Jerry the Mole tunnelling to the prison governor's office and also Ask a Policeman with the trio trying to stop speeding cars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Hay 12 Jan 2010
By Rupert
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Classic oldies. Just about as corny as you could expect - black and white - amazing. Sound can be a bit difficult but once you have climatized they are fine to follow. Depends on taste - for me I love to watch and remember the times when I was very young watching these with my Dad! So they are meaningful and enjoyable even though quality is lacking - just as should be expected.
First class product if it is your bag!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic worth watching
Good quality format for the age of film .Enjoyed remernicing with this old favourite .Value for money well spent.for sure
Published 1 month ago by steamtrain
5.0 out of 5 stars beware the 'eadless 'orseman
Some old fashioned absolute classics here and a couple of lesser known ok films. But worth the money for the quality ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by millymolly
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD
The Will Hay DVD are very good I can remember seeing them as a very young boy as school, they raised a few laughs but in those days you did not have the technology as today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
My partner and I love Will Hay. These DVD's took us back to our younger days and we still found them a great laugh.
Published 4 months ago by sarah Rendell
3.0 out of 5 stars The set is incomplete !
I expected it to be the complete Will Hay collection and 'Where's that fire' is missing. I am 88 this year and remember Will Hay films as a child. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dissatisfied
5.0 out of 5 stars Hay Hay
Nostalgic and full of fun, British humour from an era that promotes British values, Yankee bits very poor Will should stay in his roots
Published 5 months ago by pete roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Hay Collection.
Will Hay is Brilliant, no more so than when he teamed up with Graham Moffat and Moore Marriot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I understand that all the DVDs are and will continue to be thoroughly enjoyed. Great gift for father in law.
Published 8 months ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
This was brought as a present for my Husband on his birthday and is not my taste but he likes it
Published 9 months ago by Tigercate
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden era
Have bought this and other similar collections
Great selection of movies from a golden era of British cinema
Highly recommended
Published 9 months ago by Paul Dugan
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