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Ask A Policeman/Boys Will Be Boys [DVD]
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A Will Hay double bill. In 'Ask a Policeman' the police force of crime-free Turnbotham Round consists of Sergeant Dudfoot (Hay) and officers Harbottle (Moore Marriott) and Albert (Graham Moffatt). When the commissioner suggests that they are no longer neccessary, they set about engineering a crime wave in the village, so that they can be seen to be solving it. Their attempts fail, until they stumble upon a genuine case of smuggling. Whilst in 'Boys Will Be Boys' prison teacher Dr Smart-Alec (Hay) steps up the career ladder to become headmaster of Narkover public school, but his innate stupidity soon begins to create havoc. Hay dons a mortarboard on screen for the first time, in the bumbling headmaster role that was to become his trademark.
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The 2 films on offer here are both very funny:
'Ask A Policeman' has Hay play Sergeant Dudfoot with his famous sidekicks Moore Mariott (the old guy) and Graham Moffatt (the young guy) playing his assisting constables. As you would expect they are hopeless but hilarious.
In 'Boys Will Be Boys' Hay plays the bumbling teacher, Dr. Alexander Smart. He leaves his teaching post at a prison to take charge of a school, ironically attended by sons of the prison inmates. Look out for a very young Charles Hawtrey in the classroom. Hay's headteacher was said to have been the inspiration for The St. Trinians films made 2 decades later.
There are no extras but the DVDs have nice menus and good quality video.
"There's no such thing as a beer mine"
"Well, you say - mine's a beer!"
If that gag tickles you, you'll enjoy Ask a Policeman. A real classic from the thirties with Moore Mariott doing a double act as his own grandad and Graham Moffatt borrowin g the squad car to persue his lovelife.
For students of the thirties there is an exceptionally good location sequence of a suburban shopping parade - somewhere like Reigate in Surrey I think.
Boys Will be Boys I found rather unamusing at this distance in time.
I enjoyed going back in time remembered when I first watched these films with my big sis, way back around 33 years!!
It brought back some very good memories!!
But back then when I was around 9, 10, 11ish these films were great, especially the one with the Headless Horseman!! Seeing it now did not seem too good. But I still enjoyed the films, very good fast humour! Loved Will Hay back in the days!!
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