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Spare a Copper (1940)

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 Carter
Dorothy Hyson ...
Jane Gray
George Merritt ...
Brewster
John Warwick ...
Shaw
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Jake
Bryan Herbert ...
Williams
Warburton Gamble ...
Sir Robert
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Inspector Richards
James Woodburn ...
Macdermott
Eliot Makeham ...
Fuller
Ellen Pollock ...
Lady Hardstaff
Charles Carson ...
Admiral
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Manager of Music Store
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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The farce of the force. See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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14 April 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Akta're för polisen  »

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(RCA Photophone) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

George takes his Flying Squad Test on his motorcycle, having had a scarf with Ether on it placed round his face. In his elated state, he picks up Sir Robert on his handlebars and as he drives round the course, it is obvious that a dummy and a stuntman have been used for Sir Robert. See more »

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Soundtracks

I'm Shy
Music and lyrics George Formby Fred E. Cliffe Harry Gifford
Accompanied by Arthur Young (as Arthur Young and the Novochord)
Performed by George Formby (uncredited)
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On the beat
4 January 2016 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film was made in 1940 when the fifth columnists and sabotage risk was at its highest.So the storyline was very contemporary.It was the penultimate film on George's contract with Ealing.His later films with Columbia were nowhere near as good as those he made with Ealing.The storyline is typical of his films.Formless George is made to look silly particularly in the eyes of his girlfriend.However more by accident than design he becomes the hero.He sings some very catchy tunes,not necessarily his best but still enjoyable.Not one of his best Ealing but better than anything he did at Columbia British which led to the end of his film career.


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