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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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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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A Little Bit off The Top
Written by Fred Murray and Fred W. Leigh
Performed by Harry Bedford
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When Sir John Mills was in kneepants
28 September 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Bright farce played at a good speed is sure to delight those who enjoy the form. The big plus for this movie, though, is the fact that half of it takes place at a music hall, and half a dozen excellent acts fill out the film. This is an early writing credit for Frank Launder and is the movie debut of Will Hay.


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