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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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Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ...
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot
Graham Moffatt ...
Moore Marriott ...
Glennis Lorimer ...
Emily Martin
Peter Gawthorne ...
Chief Constable
Charles Oliver ...
The Squire
Herbert Lomas ...


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 <>

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29 August 1939 (USA)  »

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(British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Brian Worth. See more »


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


Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: [Dudfoot and his two constables have made an arrest] Did you search him?
Constable Albert Brown: One pocket book, one watch, one pen-knife and no money.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: One pen-knife and no what?
Constable Albert Brown: No money.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: Come on, turn out your pockets.
Constable Albert Brown: Oh, alright. One pen-knife and fifteen bob.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: Blimey! Will you never learn to be honest? He's as much our prisoner as he is yours... Here you are, five bob each.
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Referenced in Sleepy Hollow (1999) See more »


Polieceman's Holiday
Music by Montague Ewing
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A comic gem
5 February 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Will Hay's best-known film is the classic "Oh, Mr Porter" but this one isn't far behind. Hay is cast in his favourite role ; a seedily incompetent authority figure who conceals his uncertainty behind bluster and bombast.

This is one of those rare films where the plot is almost an intrusion ; who cares about a smuggling ring in rural England, when we can instead enjoy the antics of Hay and his cohorts, playing possibly the most inept police team in the history of law enforcement. Their attempts to set a speed trap, and then to justify their results to an irate motorist, may be the high spot of the film.

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