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1 October 1934 (UK) See more »
A farce based on Arthur Wing Pinero's play 'The Magistrate' in which the son (John Mills) of a stern... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Will Hay ... Magistrate Brutus Poskett
Iris Hoey ... Agatha Poskett

Angela Baddeley ... Charlotte Verrinder
Claud Allister ... Capt. Horace Vale
George Graves ... Col. Alexander Lukyn

John Mills ... Bobby Poskett
Jane Carr ... Minnie Taylor
Marguerite Allan ... Eve Douglas
H.F. Maltby ... Mr. Bullamy
Laurence Hanray ... Wormington
Syd Crossley ... Wyke
Wally Patch ... Insp. Briggs (as Walter Patch)
Jimmy Godden ... Pat Maloney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bedford ... Himself
Lily Morris ... Herself
Gaston and Andree ... Themselves (uncredited)
Betty Boston ... Herself (uncredited)
Frank Boston ... Himself (uncredited)
Sam Curtis ... Little Tich (uncredited)
G.H. Elliott ... Himself (uncredited)
Hal Gordon ... PC Job (uncredited)
Jimmy Hanley ... Boy with bicycle (uncredited)
Charles Hayes ... (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Tramp In Park (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Shopkeeper With Telephone (uncredited)
John Singer ... Boy (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Tom Richardson (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Bentley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Jordan 
Frank Launder 
Frank Miller 
Arthur Wing Pinero  play "The Magistrate"
Fred Thompson  (as Frederick A. Thompson)

Produced by
Walter C. Mycroft .... producer
Cinematography by
Otto Kanturek 
Film Editing by
Edward B. Jarvis 
Art Direction by
Duncan Sutherland 
Sound Department
Cecil Thornton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Langley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Idris Lewis .... musical director

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80 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Good Old Days, 29 October 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

This is a history capsule not only of Victorian times but the 1930's too. Pinero wrote his play The Magistrate in 1885 which can wreak havoc with the extraneous musical chronology if you're bothered - for example Two Lovely Black Eyes was first performed in May 1886. Not been on the TV for decades now (I last saw it in 1984) - I wonder if it's because of the 3 minute black-face minstrel number that UK TV has banned it?

The plot involves a farcical situation between judge Hay and his young stepson Mills and Hay's straitlaced wife and sister (and her beau) that develops at an insalubrious Music Hall. "Walter" Patch as Inspector Briggs had some good lines, and even 16 year old Jimmy Hanley came in near the end. All of which is overshadowed for me by the actual turns themselves, Lily Morris and Harry Bedford in particular. Although she was 50 and the glory days were long behind she had another 18 years to go treading the boards. It's a wonderful glimpse into a form of entertainment that started to disappear during World War 1, this film was really only made for elderly and nostalgic cinema patrons but thank Heavens! Favourite bits: I'll be your sweetheart; When I take my morning promenade; A little bit off the top; Lily of Laguna - inviting the cinema audience to sing along, same as Nellie Dean in King Of Jazz; the Little Tich impersonator; Follow the van.

Marvellous stuff if you like British Music Hall, not much here for you if you don't.

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