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Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

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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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Bobby
Basil Sydney ...
Costello
Henry Hewitt ...
Prof. Davys
Felix Aylmer ...
Crabtree
Owen Reynolds ...
Harman
Frank Cellier ...
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Frank Allenby ...
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Thora Hird ...
Joyce
Margaret Halstan ...
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Barbara Valerie ...
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Leslie Mitchell ...
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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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20 June 1947 (Netherlands)  »

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Cerná ovce  »

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In the car chase from Claremont Nursing Home it is obvious that all three participants are doubles; in the sports car Professor Davis (Will Hay) and Bobby (John Mills) and in the towed invalid chair Prof Davys (Henry Hewitt). See more »

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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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19 May 2015 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

THE BLACK SHEEP OF WHITEHALL was one of the many films starring the now largely forgotten British comedian Will Hays. As usual, he's a shady character who gets dragged into things; this time a Professor Davies - running an mail order qualifications scam - who is confused with a Professor Daveys - a top Latin American economist come to London to arbitrate on a vital trade agreement - after the latter is kidnapped by Nazi agents in the middle of the Second World War. With John Mills' straight man, they rumble the plot and - afraid the police won't believe them - decide to free the right professor by infiltrating the sanitorium where he's being hidden. It's fast-paced, music-hall comedy as the pair bumble from scrape to scrape, with the inevitable transvestism and occasional war jokes. The highlight though is the climactic chase, in which the professor is towed behind a car on a medical tricycle; it is a brilliant piece of visual comedy that makes the entire film worthwhile. An old-fashioned treat.


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