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Spare a Copper (1940)

 |  Comedy, Musical  |  14 April 1941 (UK)
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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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George Formby ...
Dorothy Hyson ...
Jane Gray
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Jake
John Warwick ...
Shaw
Warburton Gamble ...
Sir Robert Dyer
John Turnbull ...
Inspector Richards
George Merritt ...
Edward Brewster
Eliot Makeham ...
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Edward Lexy ...
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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. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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14 April 1941 (UK)  »

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Akta're för polisen  »

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I Wish I Was Back On The Farm
Written by Roger MacDougall
Performed by George Formby
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If only the Force was still with us!
25 November 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This is one of a handful of Formby films I saw when young, thus imparting an even more rosier glow to the proceedings, although I've always enjoyed nearly all of his stuff immensely. It depicts a Britain in which a minority of traitorous saboteurs (presumably in the pay of the Nazis) are out to destroy British industry, or in this case, the British war machine in the battle for supremacy. The thousands of British Nazis of today only want to destroy people, out of racism and love for what lies beyond death, ie nothing at all.

George as a policeman this time gets implicated in the saboteurs plans to blow up a new warship HMS Hercules awaiting final fitting and launch in Liverpool. His mission, with his statuesque girlfriend Dorothy Hyson and with the entire police force chasing him is to find and expose the Quislings and thus clear his name. The leads both had had long careers

  • George's first film was made in 1916, Dorothy's in 1917. Along the


way he gets to sing Ukelele Man (in the music store), On The Beat (at the police ball – what happened to all those people?), I Wish I Was Back On The Farm (with his not so clever pigeons, at the theatre), and I'm Shy (at the mill, with organ). Favourite bits: George standing on Ronald Shiner's cameo-appearance head; the fiery motorcycle riding trials for the Flying Squad; the chase leading to the Wall Of Death.

Simple fare maybe, but one of my favourite uplifting Formby's. Not a trace of cynicism, filth or violence, which along with it being in 4:3 b&w is why you hardly ever see it on TV nowadays.


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