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Back-Room Boy (1942)

 -  Comedy  -  17 April 1942 (UK)
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A lowly BBC employee pulls a prank at the studio and finds himself transferred to an isolated island where he is to set up a weather station at a lighthouse. As if in a fantasy, a ship ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ...
Arthur Pilbeam
Moore Marriott ...
Graham Moffatt ...
Googie Withers ...
Vera Frances ...
John Salew ...
Steve Mason
George Merritt ...


A lowly BBC employee pulls a prank at the studio and finds himself transferred to an isolated island where he is to set up a weather station at a lighthouse. As if in a fantasy, a ship carrying a bevy of beautiful models is shipwrecked off the coast and the models wind up on the island. However, when the models begin disappearing, the "back-room boy" investigates and finds a sinister scheme involving spies and Nazi battleships. Written by

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A most enjoyable propaganda film
17 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unlike the excellent review by GARY170459, I am not that familiar with Arthur Askey's films--they just aren't shown here in the states. I've seen a couple but am far from knowledgeable about him and his films. I did also recognize Moore Marriott as I'd seen him in a few films, including "Gasbags"--one of several Crazy Gang films. Both were particularly good, though Askey was clearly the star and Marriott was just there for support.

The film is a WWII propaganda piece made in the UK for local consumption. It's a very amiable comedy that both entertains and helped get the public behind the war effort.

It begins with Askey breaking up with his girlfriend and he is sick of women. He arranges to be transferred to a job manning a lighthouse in the middle of no where off the Scottish coast, but far from being isolated, people keep dropping in--even though he's 40 miles off the coast! It's pretty funny to see him getting frustrated with this and the film then gets tangled up in a German plot--though you'll just need to see the film yourself to find out what's in store.

The film is very entertaining and it's nice to see a tale set in a lighthouse that is worth seeing, as the last film I saw with a similar setting was "Sh! The Octopus (1937)"--a terrible little film with little to recommend it.

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