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To Hell with Hitler (1940)
"Let George Do It!" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Musical | War  -  13 October 1940 (USA)
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Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway. He is mistaken for a fellow British intelligence agent... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
George Formby ...
George Hepplewhite
Phyllis Calvert ...
Mary Wilson
Garry Marsh ...
Mendez
Romney Brent ...
Slim Selwyn
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Oscar
Coral Browne ...
Iris
Helena Pickard ...
Oscar's Wife
Percy Walsh ...
Schwartz, spy chieftain
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Greta, hotel receptionist
Torin Thatcher ...
U-Boat commander
Donald Calthrop ...
Frederick Strickland
Hal Gordon ...
Alf Arbuckle, Dinky Do
Johnnie Schofield ...
Solicitous steward
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Albert Lieven ...
German radio operator
Bill Shine ...
Untipped steward
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Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway. He is mistaken for a fellow British intelligence agent by a woman (Mary), and becomes involved in trying to defeat Nazi agents. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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The hilarious adventures of the Lancashire Lad...he becomes a spy - by mistake...has a beautiful Mystery Girl thrown in his lap...captures a U-Boat - by accident!

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Count Your Blessings and Smile
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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Lordy Lordy - a classic!
8 July 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This is the film quite rightly regarded as the best George Formby vehicle, with a much more interesting suspense story mixed together as usual with some rousing tunes on his banjolele. I think Leslie Halliwell even included it in his top 100 films of all time, probably pushing the boat out a bit too far for most people!

At Dover George is on his way to Blackpool with the rest of his Dinky Doo troupe, but in the wartime blackout gets lost and ends up in Bergen Norway instead. There through a case of mistaken identity (what happened to the real uke player?) he finds a job awaiting him in sinister Garry Marsh's dance band. The trouble is Marsh is a Nazi agent (spoken incredulously: "A British subject working for Hitler") passing on information to U Boats - George helps decode his messages with the assistance of British agent Phyllis Calvert. He not only has the Nazis to contend with but an outraged Norwegian Bernard Lee popping up throughout to get him for asking his wife if she was a Dinky Doo. The doped up dream sequence where he manages to get to Berlin and sock Hitler on the jaw went down well with the British audiences at the time too – definitely not as subtle as Chaplin's Great Dictator though! Great songs: Granddad's Flannelette Nightshirt in the refreshment room to Hal Gordon's utter delight, Mr. Wu's A Window Cleaner Now at band rehearsal, Count Your Blessings And Smile (with the badly dated hep swing trio) & Oh Don't The Wind Blow Cold both in the nightclub. This was Marsh's last Formby film, he joined the RAF just after for the duration of the War; George's mate Ronald Shiner was only given one line in here; Phyllis Calvert got paid the princely sum of £20 a week for the 6 weeks it took to film, and apparently didn't think much of the hero she was supporting – a very dull man who seemed to be always tinkering about with watches being some of her more charitable comments in the 1980's.

Well, it's not a dull film, a low budget period propaganda piece that worked in all departments with plenty of inconsequential but memorable scenes and one I watch every few years with no lessening of enjoyment.


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