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A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But then the rest of the police get the idea that he is one of the enemy agents.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Formby ...
George Carter
Dorothy Hyson ...
Jane Gray
John Warwick ...
Warburton Gamble ...
Sir Robert Dyer
John Turnbull ...
Inspector Richards
George Merritt ...
Edward Brewster
Eliot Makeham ...
Ellen Pollock ...
Lady Hardstaff
Edward Lexy ...
Night watchman
Jack Melford ...
Hal Gordon ...
Jimmy Godden ...
Grace Arnold ...
Music shop customer
Charles Carson ...


A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But then the rest of the police get the idea that he is one of the enemy agents. Written by Steve Crook <>

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Release Date:

30 August 1941 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Akta're för polisen  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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stunt man
18 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

my grandfather was the stunt rider in the wall of death scene. i only found out that little bit of info a few years ago when i discovered a lot of family i did not know i had. his name was Frederick William Augustus Cooper aka 'Crash Donovan'. He was born in surrey england on the 16th of august 1912 and he went on to be a world renowned stunt man and motorcycle racer. He worked for great actors like George and John Warwick. If anyone should know anything else about this great man or perhaps has photographs or even film of him please get in touch. i would be most grateful. if you read this before the 19 march 08 then you will have noticed a few changes. thanks entirely to IMDb and the original piece that i placed here my new found auntie Joan and uncle Fred (two of my grandfathers three children) have made contact. Joan has sent me a fantastic picture of granddad sitting astride a dirt track racer C1928 and Fred has kindly written to me explaining some of our family history. granddad held a number of world records in his youth and a very kind gentleman from the Brooklands race track is sending me whatever he has found. sadly i never met my grandfather for reasons that would take far too long to explain here and as he died in 1967 i must hope to meet him in the next life. RIP grandfather, at least i know now where my heavy right foot comes from and your great granddaughter and great grandson are just as bad.

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