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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 ...
Amberley
Manning Whiley ...
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Sir Ambrose
Charles Hawtrey ...
Percy Thorne
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Sunshine
Clive Baxter ...
Ritzy
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs Wigmore
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Jamie
Hay Petrie ...
Procurator Fiscal
David Keir ...
Dr. Ritchie
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Sergt Macfarlan
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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 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 <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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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 »

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17 December 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this seven out of ten, back as a kid it would have been a ten but this time round, well, I suppose you know you're getting old when you find yourself sympathising with Will Hay's incompetent teacher, and rather hoping the obnoxious, snotty school kids get a slap; Charles Hawtrey's smart alec schoolboy in particular seems a nasty piece of work. Otherwise the absence of Moffatt and Marriott are keenly felt, because they allowed Hay to be both blustery incompetence but also sarcastic - here he doesn't get anyone to be sarcastic or superior to, so it's a relatively one-note performance. In his earlier roles you never knew if he'd be the fool or the sarcy one at any given time, it kept you on your toes.

Huntley and Laurie would appear in the war movie The Way Ahead of course. Personally I'm not sure the plot machinations of St Michael's stand up. Was it Huntley's ink on the forged suicide note? What gives? Still, the ending has a few surprises and some genuinely sinister moments.


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