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Morland Graham ...
Old Bill
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Young Bill Busby
Mary Clare ...
Maggie
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Stella Malloy
René Ray ...
Sally (as Rene Ray)
Gus McNaughton ...
Alf
Ronald Shiner ...
Bert
Manning Whiley ...
Chimp
Janine Darcey ...
Françoise
Roland Culver ...
Colonel
Donald Stuart ...
Canuck
Nicholas Phipps ...
BBC Reporter
Allan Jeayes ...
Willoughby
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Music by Richard Addinsell
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A tale of the Phony War
27 March 2009 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Unlike the other "reviewer" i have had the opportunity of seeing this film.It is of course based on the cartoon characters of Bruce Bairnsfather of Tommie's in the First World War.There was a Warner Brothers silent film "The Better Ole" produced by Warner Brothers in 1926.This film updates the story to the Phony War period of the Second World War.Bill is now serving in The Pioneer Corps close to where his son,played by John Mills,is stationed.The humour ,such as it is is rather predictable,stealing chickens etc and is rather laboured.It is rather surprising that this film is dated 1941 as it has the feeling of a film produced before the blitzkreig of the low countries.John Mills,is rightly quite dismissive of this film in his autobiography.It is really no more than a curiosity now.


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