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Windbag the Sailor (1936)

 |  Comedy  |  December 1936 (UK)
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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 »

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Will Hay ...
Captain Ben Cutlet
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Olivia Potter-Porter
Kenneth Warrington ...
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Dennis Wyndham ...
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Amy Veness ...
Emma Harbottle
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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 commanding an unseaworthy ship by an unscrupulous shipping agent who means to have it wrecked. This was the first film to couple Will Hay with both Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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The Captain's desire to go to Norway (he asks the cannibal chief for directions) is much more likely to have been an in-joke rather than a random choice; in real life, Will Hay separated from his wife in 1935 and was romantically linked to a Norwegian woman called Randi Kopstadt. In consequence, he visited Norway frequently, learned Norwegian and kept a boat on the Oslo Fjord. See more »

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Voice in Box: West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 5
Captain Ben Cutlet: Ooh, fancy - Chelsea won!
Cannibal Chief: What did Voice in Box say?
Captain Ben Cutlet: Oh, eh, something very unusual...!
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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
Arranged by Bretton Byrd
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Early outing for Hay, Marriott and Moore - worth watching.
21 May 1999 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This is an early outing for Hay and the 2 stooges - Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt - made before the ever famous Oh Mr Porter. Now largely forgotten this film set the scene for several more to follow - all largely with the same characters and plot but different settings.

Hay plays the usual incompetent fraud supported and at the same time harassed by his partners Moffatt and Marriott. The latter pair were never really recognised for their unique talents, certainly Hay never acknowledged this. It is doubtful if he would have been so successful without them. The film itself is a competent comedy, typical of the period and very British. One scene in particular stands out however - the "navigation" scene where the three attempt to ascertain where in the world they are. This is done with a school globe and a dress making measuring tape. The scene should be compulsory viewing for all aspiring comedians. Watch this film not for the story but just to see the three in action - poetry in motion sometimes.


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