6.8/10
265
4 user 4 critic

Boys Will Be Boys (1935)

| Comedy | July 1935 (UK)
Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The mirthful adventures of Police-Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot and his two constables, Albert Brown and Jeremiah Harbottle, who stage a fabricated crime-wave to save their jobs---and then find themselves involved in the real thing.

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Convict 99 (1938)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A schoolteacher and his pupils visit Paris where they outwit a gang of crooks.

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Martita Hunt, Peter Gawthorne
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Hay is on the list, and co-opts Claude Hulbert to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end. This black ... See full summary »

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Stars: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Mervyn Johns
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Will Hay, back in his role as a hapless teacher, is hired by a grim school in remotest Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Felix Aylmer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A bumbling teacher (Will Hay) conveniently turns out to be the double of a German general. In the true spirit of wartime propoganda high jinks, he is flown into Germany to impersonate the ... See full summary »

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Stars: Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An incompetent solicitor unwittingly becomes party to a bank robbery.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, H.F. Maltby
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Will Hay plays a Professor teaching at a correspondence school who discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent ... See full summary »

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Stars: Will Hay, John Mills, Basil Sydney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel
Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hijinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Will Hay plays a bragging sea captain whose maritime experience actually extends to navigating a coal barge down inland waterways. His tall tales catch him out when he is co-erced into ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Gordon Harker ...
Jimmy Hanley ...
Cyril Brown
Davy Burnaby ...
Col. Crableigh
...
Lady Dorking
Claude Dampier ...
Theo P. Finch
Charles Farrell ...
Louis Brown
Percy Walsh ...
Prison Governor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Hawtrey
Edit

Storyline

Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story based on Dr Smart-Alec, the character created by John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Michael Morton (J.B. Morton, "Beachcomber") Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

colonel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

July 1935 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Narkover  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In corridor shots the large nameplate on the headmaster's study door reads 'Dr Alex Smart'. On shots of the open door from within the study 'Alexander' is written in full. See more »

Quotes

Theo P. Finch: [Finch's hobby is keeping rabbits] You know, I started with Rover and only one other rabbit, and now I have seventeen. Isn't it marvellous?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Clive Dunn: A Tribute (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Up the Old Narkovians
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Will Hay is hilarious as usual
12 April 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Dr. Alexander Smart (Smart Alec to the boys) gets himself headmastership at a boys' school when he and another man forge a letter of recommendation from his previous boss (throwing out the original letter that says quite the opposite!) While there, he ends up tangled in an elaborate jewel robbery, and is caught between a rock and a hard place when the thief lets him know that he still has the original letter, which he will show to the heads if Alex should mess up their plans.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Boys Will Be Boys (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?