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The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)

 -  Comedy  -  19 May 1941 (UK)
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Will Hay, back in his role as a hapless teacher, is hired by a grim school in remotest Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ...
Will Lamb
Claude Hulbert ...
Hilary Tisdaile
Felix Aylmer ...
Dr Winter
Raymond Huntley ...
Mr Humphries
Roddy Hughes ...
Manning Whiley ...
Sir Ambrose
Charles Hawtrey ...
Percy Thorne
Clive Baxter ...
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs Wigmore
Hay Petrie ...
Procurator Fiscal
David Keir ...
Dr. Ritchie
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Sergt Macfarlan


Will Hay, back in his role as a hapless teacher, is hired by a grim school in remotest Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal the death of one of the staff. Hay, assisted by Claude Hulbert and Charles Hawtrey, has to unravel the mystery before he becomes the next victim. Written by D.Giddings <>

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When Will Hay has his massage treatment after falling off 'a high chair' he gets dressed again - in two or three seconds - there was no where near enough time for him to dress properly. See more »


Referenced in 'We Are the Boys...': John Laurie (2006) See more »


The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Heard as the bus leaves on the island
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Masters at Work
2 May 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

In his Hay-Day Will Hay seldom put a foot - or a tonsil – wrong, the Ghost Of St. Michael's was no exception, proving to be yet another classic. Set in a haunted castle on the Isle Of **** (in case Jerry wanted to know the direction to Skye) I've seen this so many times now that I find it sometimes hard to remember they were all really in Ealing's studios even though it was cheaply and simply made. Such is the power of auto-suggestion!

Because of the War an English boarding school is evacuated en masse to a castle in Scotland, of which the wild eyed porter John Laurie informs the scoffing new science master Hay and forward pupil Charles Hawtrey that it is haunted with the ghost of a phantom piper. Hay strikes up a friendship with fellow silly master Claude Hulbert, but doesn't impress the weird Head Felix Aylmer and incurs the derision of nasty senior master Raymond Huntley – which doesn't matter as these two don't last very long. So many favourite bits: the lesson in the draughty classroom on What Goes Up Must Come Down – with a disinterested Gerald Campion (the future TV Billy Bunter) sat behind Hawtrey – where Hay is taught a lesson; the dormitory feast where Hay gets tight on some jolly good lemonade to the delight of the boys; displaying his deep knowledge of gases to the boys in the science lesson; the denouement which could so easily have ended flat; but especially the delicious inquest in the barn, of which you must already know I'm going to say all I can say is Fiddlesticks!

In the decades before it got out onto DVD it was my most borrowed or copied tape by friends, which is why it's surprising to me that there have been so few commenters here so far. It's always been one of my favourites, a totally un-nasty un-cynical non-violent harmless old fashioned piece of fluff and a, no, the classic of its kind.

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