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The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

 -  Comedy  -  23 February 1942 (UK)
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Will Hay plays a Professor teaching at a correspondence school who discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hay ...
Davis
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Bobby Jessop
Basil Sydney ...
Costello
Henry Hewitt ...
Professor Davys
Felix Aylmer ...
Crabtree
Owen Reynolds ...
Harman
Frank Cellier ...
Dr Innsbach
Joss Ambler ...
Sir John
Frank Allenby ...
Onslowe
Thora Hird ...
Joyce, Davis's secretary
Margaret Halstan ...
Matron
Barbara Valerie ...
Sister Spooner
Leslie Mitchell ...
Radio interviewer
George Woodbridge ...
Male Nurse
George Merritt ...
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Will Hay plays a Professor teaching at a correspondence school who discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing as an economics expert seconded to the trade delegation. The professor must find the real economist and expose the agent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Davis: [Asked to explain international commerce in a radio interview] Ah - well, the chief export from Portugal is - er - port, and the chief export of Brazil is - nuts. Well, now, the economic situation between port and nuts - that is to say between Portugal and Brazil, is that the Brazilians want to drink port with their nuts and the Portuguese want to eat nuts with their port; so the more the export of port from Portuguese ports which the Brazilian ports import - the greater the export of nuts which...
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Amusing but not his best
5 October 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Will hay was like many great comedians,he hated being part of a team.Two other examples being WC Fields in his later years and Tony Hancock.Despite doing his best work at Gainsborough he decided to break with them and join Ealing.As a result none of the 5 films that he starred and co-directed at Ealing are up to the standard of the films that he made with Graham Moffat and Moore Marriott.In this film his straight man is of all people John Mills.Whilst there are some funny moments this film is not consistently funny.Also it has to be said that Hay is starting to look quite old,he only made 2 more features after this before a series of strokes brought an untimely end to his career.


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