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Ask a Policeman (1939)

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The mirthful adventures of Police-Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot and his two constables, Albert Brown and Jeremiah Harbottle, who stage a fabricated crime-wave to save their jobs---and then find themselves involved in the real thing.

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Turnbottom Round prides itself as the village without crime; there has not been an arrest recorded by the local police for years. Unfortunately, this is more to do with the inability of Sgt Dudfoot and his constables Jerry and Harbottle to so much as recognise a crime. With their jobs on the line, the trio attempt to stage a crime of their own, only to inadvertently uncover a smuggling ring and a headless horseman... Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Film debut of Cyril Chamberlain. See more »

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When the garage door opens 'spontaneously' the wire used to pull it open is visible. See more »

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Constable Jeremiah 'Jerry' Harbottle: [as Harbottle senior] When the tide runs low in the smugglers' cove, / And the 'eadless 'orseman rides above, / He drives along with his wild hallo, / And that's the time when the smugglers go in their little boats to the schooner and bring back the kegs of brandy and rum and put them all in the Devil's Cove below.
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Remade as The Boys in Blue (1982) See more »

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Polieceman's Holiday
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Music by Montague Ewing
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My brief review of the film
13 December 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

The primary cast and crew of the British comedy classic 'Oh, Mr. Porter!' are teamed up again in this film that has performances that are just as delightful, and humour that is just as charming. Upon comparison with 'Oh, Mr. Porter!' it is easy to dismiss this film as its inferior, however it is in fact almost up to the same quality. The film is often hilarious in the first half, and in the second half there are suspense elements well worked into the plot. Some of the lines are hysterically funny, and Graham Moffatt has hardly been better, playing the smartest, but yet also the slackest, of the bunch. No one does ineptitude as well as Will Hay, and this film is further proof of this. Moore Marriott is delightful as always and has an amusing second role here. The film's technical side may be no match for the technical side of 'Oh, Mr. Porter!', but no doubt a lot of care and consideration was taken to scout out all the appropriately dark settings. The gags are most of the storyline and the subject matter is too slim for a full-length film, but for what it is, the film is excellent and immensely entertaining along the way. Simple comedies, and old British comedies, hardly get better than this.


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