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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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Captain Ben Cutlet
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Olivia Potter-Porter
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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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Off to Philadelphia
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Written by Battison Haynes
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What shall we do with the drunken sailor ?
20 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Captain Ben Cutlet likes to spin yarns about all of his {fake}seafaring adventures, one day his false past comes to bite him as he is bluffed into captaining the Rob Roy at sea, the Rob Roy being barely sea worthy and doomed to be wrecked by a crafty shipping agent.

Windbag The Sailor is probably most notable for being the first teaming of Will Hay with Moore Marriott & Graham Moffatt, a trio that would go on to make classic British comedies Oh Mr Porter! and Ask A Policeman. Here its evident that they are finding their way as regards what best works for them as a team, but a few mistimings here and there are easily forgiven once the hapless Cutlet {Hay} finds himself at sea completely incapable of captaining the ever thuggish looking crewe. The usual madcap sequences from our bumbling trio dot themselves throughout the film, and there is no lack of oral gags as well, my favourite being one involving Hay explaining to a desert island native the power of the box {a radio acting as a god}.

Hay has done better and worse movies than this, but Windbag The Sailor just about holds its head above water {pun intended} because of the always lovable trio at its core, watchable fluff it be.

6/10


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