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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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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Polieceman's Holiday
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Music by Montague Ewing
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Comedic Genius
5 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Will Hay was never better than when he was working with Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriot, both of whom had such a rapport with him (or his character) that it really is hard not to be charmed by the trio.

It's a familiar and obvious plot that Hay used to it's best - incompetent authoritative figure gets in a mess with the help of his two stooges, falls out with the boss (Chief Constable), is taken advantage of by the locals (smugglers) but eventually wins the day.

This is a joy from start to finish and very, very nearly matches Oh Mr Porter. There's gags from the very start to the very end.

A piece of classic entertainment with the virtue of being free from sex, violence and swearing. They don't make like this anymore I'm sorry to say.


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