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Ask A Policeman/Boys Will Be Boys [DVD]

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  • Actors: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott, Gordon Harker, Jimmy Hanley
  • Directors: Marcel Varnel, William Beaudine
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KJQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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These are great films that I recommend watching on a Sunday afternoon in with your kids (mine were in hysterics). Will Hay plays the pompous yet incompetent authority figure effortlessly especially as a schoolteacher in a rowdy classroom. He definitely ranks alongside pre-war greats such as Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers and Chaplin as a comic icon of film.

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.
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Will Hay had an act on the halls,"The Third Form At St Michaels" and essentially that is what one saw at least in the majority of his Gainsborough films.He always played a bumbling incompetant usually a schoolmaster,but sometimes other figures of fun such as policemen.Although he did not appreciate it ,in his films in particular he came to rely more and more upon the support of Moore Marriott and Graham Moffat.So much so did he resent this that he made a clean break from Gainsborough and joined Ealing where he was no longer part of the team."Boys will Be Boys" is based on the Beachcomber column which featured the public school of Narkover.The old boys seem to have graduated from prison and are the toughest lot going.Gordon harker is father of one of the boys.Also spotted is a very young Jimmy Hanley.The classroom scene is essentially his music hall sketch."Ask A Policeman" features Hay with Moffat and Marriott as incompetant village policemen who never make an arrest.they decide to institute a speed trap only to catch the chief constable.Whilst these two films are not their funniest nevertheless they are very good.Whilst they would probably not be to modern audience tastes they are good enough to top most other contemporaries.Incidentally it is a sad fact that Hay and Marriott died within a few weeks of each other in 1949.
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Firstly,Two films in One For A Very Good Price!!

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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"Look! A beer mine!"
"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.
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I rember watching these films when I was a child,and was delighted to be able to purchase them.What a hoot they,my fav one is Oh Mr Porter,have watched it over and over again,and still laugh at all the antics,how I wish the british could make films as funny as these.Highly recomend both d.v.d set and seller.
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Will Hay was definitely the funniest comedy actor of his time. These films are great - not quite as good as Oh Mr Porter, but still excellent.
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a darn good old English comedy with Will Hayes, and others. Made well before my time, and I love em.
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Adults and children need to see this old footage, before it goes out of print. Great humour.
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