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
The first section of the film contains an in-joke about Will Hay's real-life career. In 1937 his radio show was "faded out" to make time for a broadcast by the Prime Minister. Hay was furious and vowed never to broadcast again. A popular outcry led by the Daily Express forced the BBC to apologize before Hay would go back on the air. When Dudfoot's broadcast ends the same way, he says, "The BBC always fade out the best items", and when threatened with dismissal he says, "If only we could get the Daily Express behind us . . . " See more »
When the garage door opens 'spontaneously' the wire used to pull it open is visible. See more »
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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I have to admit I enjoyed this old British comedy from the Thirties. Some of the one-liners made me howl. I especially enjoyed Graham Moffat as the fat and high-pitched voice. The ending put me in mind of the 3 Stooges as the three English bobbies run away from the mess they had created. I came across this gem on you tube and I intend to watch the rest of the series that starred Will Hays, a long forgotten comic star from a long forgotten time period in film history. It was felt by many people in Hollywood that English and European humor just didn't transfer well across the Atlantic Ocean, but films like 'Ask a Policeman' proves that theory wrong.
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