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My Learned Friend (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 October 1943 (UK)
An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Hay is on the list, and co-opts Claude Hulbert to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end. This black ... See full summary »

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Claude Hulbert ...
Claude Babbington
Mervyn Johns ...
Grimshaw
Laurence Hanray ...
Sir Norman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Magistrate
Charles Victor ...
'Safety' Wilson
Derna Hazell ...
Gloria
Leslie Harcourt ...
Barman
Eddie Phillips ...
'Basher' Blake
G.H. Mulcaster ...
Dr. Scudamore
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Ferris
Lloyd Pearson ...
Col. Chudleigh
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Butler
Maudie Edwards ...
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An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Hay is on the list, and co-opts Claude Hulbert to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end. This black comedy suggests that, had he lived, Will Hay might have moved on to the darker corners of Ealing comedies such as 'The Ladykillers'. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Mit liv er i fare  »

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The final film of Will Hay See more »

Goofs

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Opening credits prologue: LONDON PRE-WAR See more »

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References Safety Last! (1923) See more »

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You do things to me
by Peter Noble
Sung by Maudie Edwards (uncredited)
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Hay's Finest Hour
1 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film in so many ways. I would argue Hay's best film, although it does not have the warmth of the earlier films, which are so much more "cosey". In fact this is quite dark and disturbing, perhaps too much so for some viewers. There are so many gems here, especially Hay's opening verbal sparring with the cynical, weary, seen it all, magistrate: Hay: "Well at least I leave this court without a stain on my character!". Magistrate: "Your Mummy and Daddy in heaven will be the best judge of that!" Comparable scenes ensue in the Coroner's Court, when Hay is astonished to hear an Old Bailey Judge described by a witness (so he mistakenly thinks) as one of the lads of the village. Safety Wilson and his den are marvellous, as is Hulbert throughout. Mervyn Johns is completely unhinged as Grimshaw and the scenes in the lunatic asylum are bizarre and disturbing. This is Hay comedy at its blackest and arguably most effective.


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