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Ask a Policeman (1939)

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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(British Acoustic) (uncredited)| (recorded on Full-Range Recording at Islington, London)

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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 (1984) See more »

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Polieceman's Holiday
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Music by Montague Ewing
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Will Hay was brilliant!
16 April 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is another excellent little film from the great Will Hay, the English comic genius that no-one today has ever heard of!

I only saw this because HMV record shop (in the UK) were selling off tons of Will Hay DVDs at £6.99 each - what better chance than to discover anew the great Will Hay. I didn't even think that Will Hay would be available on DVD, yet there are many.

The three-man team of Hay, Marriott, and Moffatt are brilliant as usual, just a bunch of bumbling clowns pretending to themselves that they know what they're doing. Of course, by pure luck, they manage to catch the villains and do themselves credit.

Interesting shots of Brooklands racing circuit in the pre-War years (this circuit remains but has been chopped up in parts).


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