The film started off as 'Asking For Trouble' but George and his wife thought it inappropriate after having a run in with the Variety Agents' Federation so it was changed to 'He Snoops to Conquer'. See more »
For decades the only copies of this George Formby film thought to exist were from a Dutch subtitled choppy TV dupe, then a few years ago a new "proper" version was found. Unfortunately this hasn't been "properly" released as yet so I've only seen the former - it's a bit of a trial!
George Gribble is tea-boy at Tangleton town council, he gets ravelled up in the councillors money-grubbing machinations concerning compiling and then cooking the results of a government sponsored housing survey. Can this be downright criminal chicanery by locally elected little tin gods? Does nothing ever change? Along the way he has some amusing encounters with eccentric inventor Robertson Hare, who he is determined to interview for the survey, while Hare is equally determined to repel all boarders. Songs: Got To Get Your Photo In The Press ("testing" a Dictaphone), Hill Billy Willie (busking to get into Hare's domain, Witsend), Unconditional Surrender (to Jane, George's rather feeble and refreshingly downplayed love interest). Favourite bits: asking about underpants as part of the survey; Hare's house and hare-brained inventions.
Overall, it's quite wittily done and worthwhile hopefully I'll be able to see it the next time from the decent copy.
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