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Where There's a Will (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  1937 (USA)
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An incompetent solicitor unwittingly becomes party to a bank robbery.

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Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ...
Benjamin Stubbins
Graham Moffatt ...
Willie, The Office Boy
H.F. Maltby ...
Sir Roger Wimpleton
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Lady Margaret Wimpleton
Peggy Simpson ...
Barbara Stubbins
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Martin, The Butler
Gina Malo ...
Goldie Kelly
Hartley Power ...
Duke Wilson
Eddie Houghton ...
Slug Riley
Hal Walters ...
Nick Harris
John Turnbull ...
Detective Collins
Sybil Brooke ...
Mrs Peabody, Landlady
Davina Craig ...
Lucie, The Maid
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An incompetent solicitor unwittingly becomes party to a bank robbery.

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Benjamin Stubbins: A merry Christmas, girls and boys / I've brought you jewels, instead of toys / In spite of what you think / it seems to me I've earned a drink.
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Will still brill
25 May 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was definitely one of the great Will Hay's lesser efforts – the whole film seemed at best subdued at worst laboured. Although overall I still like it as an ordinary British pre-War comedy film somehow with a mild Aldwych atmosphere, it's just not one of his classics.

He plays Benjamin Stubbins a penniless seedy solicitor cum jack of all trades who happens to have rich relations in the country, and a cluttered office in the City directly above a bank. Unfortunately he makes the acquaintance of a gang of acquisitive gun-toting thieves who think he's a useful contact to have in the furtherance of their aims. The main subplot has him pretending to be a Somebody to his daughter which seems to totter pointlessly in and out of the story. Favourite bits: Some of the sparse interplay between Hay and his young office boy Graham Moffat – though Hartley Power as the American gangster had better patter; the quaint fancy dress Christmas Party at the country house and climax.

Hay was excellent in his role even if the film itself could have done with a bit of (beautiful thought!) Tom Walls' lunacy to spark some life into the proceedings. But it's still a pleasant 76 minutes with plenty to savour and worth it to the fan.


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