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Windbag the Sailor (1936)

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 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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His tall tales of the sea
26 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Windbag The Sailor finds Will Hay as a barge captain who loves entertaining the folks at the pub with his tall tales of the sea. On the other side of the pond Hay would be the equivalent of Gabby Hayes telling those tall tales of the west in all those cowboy pictures.

But he works his charm on Evelyn Varden who sponsors a troop of Sea Scouts one of them Graham Moffatt who along with Moore Marriott was making his first appearance as a second banana to Will Hay.

Hay gets to be captain of a freighter that's a sea going disaster, but he does not know that this canal barge captain is supposed to be the dupe and go down with the ship that his crew is planning to scuttle for the insurance. Of course Hay knows nothing about running an ocean going vessel and that's half the comedy in Windbag The Sailor.

The other half involves Hay and Moffatt and Marriott being rescued by cannibals off Africa and their lives being saved by the portable battery operated radio that Moffatt won't leave the ship without. Funniest part of the movie is our three heroes sailing away from the ship with Hay doing his best Charles Laughton cast adrift from the Bounty.

A special providence seems to save this trio in all their films as they sure don't get by on their own abilities. Windbag The Sailor is a very funny film, holding up well for a movie now 80 years old.


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