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Where There's a Will (1936)

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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
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


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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I'll have a double double then.
31 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Benjamin Stubbins {Will Hay} is an incompetent solicitor, who unbeknown to himself, is involved in a bank robbery.

Between 1934 and 1943, Will Hay made 18 feature length films. Starting out working for British International Pictures {3 films}, then Gainsborough Pictures {9} and finally doing his last five films for that bastion of old time British cinema, Ealing Studios. For those counting, the odd one out is Where's That Fire? Which was made by Twentieth Century-Fox. All of them are of varying quality, but each one, including the lesser lights such as this William Beaudine directed piece, showcase what a comic talent Will Hay was. Hay was a master of acting with his face as much as his voice and bodily movement. Given a good script, and a good supporting cast from which to feed off, Hay managed to give British cinema some of its finest comedy entries. Oh Mr Porter! Ask A Policeman and My Learned Friend are fit to grace any list of Great British cinema.

So where does that leave Where There's A Will? Well as a Hay performance it's really rather good. Suitably playing the buffoon with maximum cheek and incredulity, it's Hay who keeps the film from being a so so piece. That it isn't anything more than time filling entertainment outside of Hay himself, is down to the thinly plotted writing {surprising with the talented Sidney Gilliat co-writing} and the lack of decent comic villains. While Graham Moffatt, who along with Moore Marriott helped Hay realise his comedic ability in his career high points, is badly wasted. But still it's charming enough in spite of its lazy screenplay, none more so than with its breezy Christmas finale at the Wimpleton family estate, and it does find Hay on particularly entertaining form. 6.5/10

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