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Those Were the Days (1934)

A farce based on Arthur Wing Pinero's play 'The Magistrate' in which the son (John Mills) of a stern magistrate (Will Hay) visits a music hall against the wishes of his father. In true ... See full summary »

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Iris Hoey ...
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Claud Allister ...
George Graves ...
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Bobby Poskett
Jane Carr ...
Marguerite Allan ...
Eve Douglas
H.F. Maltby ...
Laurence Hanray ...
Syd Crossley ...
Wally Patch ...
Insp. Briggs (as Walter Patch)
Jimmy Godden ...
Pat Maloney
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Harry Bedford ...
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Lily Morris ...
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A farce based on Arthur Wing Pinero's play 'The Magistrate' in which the son (John Mills) of a stern magistrate (Will Hay) visits a music hall against the wishes of his father. In true farcical style, the magistrate too ends up at the music hall, and before long all the characters are trying not to avoid each other... Mainly notable (a) because of its depiction of the music hall as seen by a generation which knew it intimately (b) because of its use of music hall acts of the time and (c) because it gave Will Hay his first film role. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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1 October 1934 (UK)  »

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When I take My Morning Promenade
Written by Arthur J. Mills and Bennett Scott
Performed by Jane Carr
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Magnificent Memory Of Music Hall
14 January 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film is so great on many levels.First there is Will Hay in what one might call a straight part.Then there is John Mills as a juvenile lead,and most of all we have the music hall turns.All of them getting on towards the end of their respective careers.So there couldn't have been a better time for their acts to be recorded for posterity.The strangest of all is the act of G H Elliott.I cant repeat the name of his act.However his most famous number is Lilly of Laguna.After he has been through the first chorus he looks in the camera and asks the cinema audience to join him.He cocks his ear,is dissatisfied with what he is "hearing" so exhorts the audience to greater volume.This is repeated till he says that he is satisfied.I wonder what they made of that in the cinema at the time.If you like musical hall then you must see this film.


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