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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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Bobby
Basil Sydney ...
Costello
Henry Hewitt ...
Prof. Davys
Felix Aylmer ...
Crabtree
Owen Reynolds ...
Harman
Frank Cellier ...
Innsbach
Joss Ambler ...
Sir John
Frank Allenby ...
Onslowe
Thora Hird ...
Joyce
Margaret Halstan ...
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Barbara Valerie ...
Sister Spooner
Leslie Mitchell ...
B.B.C. 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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Contains one of Will Hay's best scenes
17 October 2001 | by (Solihull, England) – See all my reviews

Will Hay was one of the most popular British comedians of the 1930's and early 1940's. He usually played a seedy incompetent trying vainly to exert his authority and prove his expertise to a sceptical world.

In this film Hay's character (Professor *Davis*) becomes confused with a truly expert economist (Professor *Davys*). The real professor is kidnapped by spies and Will Hay adopts a series of disguises in his efforts to track down the gang (aided by John Mills).

One of the highlights of the film comes when Hay has to deliver the Professor's talk on economics on BBC radio. His attempt to explain the global economy in terms of nuts from Brazil and port from Portugal ("Brazilians will definitely grow more and more nuts!") has to be heard to be believed and reduces the interviewer (played by BBC newsman Leslie Mitchell) to a nervous collapse. Priceless stuff!


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