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He Snoops to Conquer (1944)

 |  Comedy  |  21 May 1955 (Sweden)
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Odd job man George Gribble (George Formby)causes problems for the local council he works for when he inadvertently helps two newspaper men expose corruption amongst the council leaders.

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Cast overview:
George Formby ...
George Gribble
Robertson Hare ...
Sir Timothy Strawbridge
Elizabeth Allan ...
Jane Strawbridge
Claude Bailey ...
Councillor Oxbold
James Harcourt ...
Councillor Hopkins
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Councillor Stubbins
Gordon McLeod ...
Angus McGluee
Vincent Holman ...
Butler
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George Gribble (George Formby) works for the local council as an odd job man in the small, industrial town of Tangleton. When two newspaper reporters arrive in town to research an article on town planning George seems to be the only person at work. He gives them a guided tour of the town, only for them to write a highly critical article emphasizing the fact that the council leader lives alone in a huge mansion while George shares a house with 13 other people. The council orders Gribble to conduct an opinion poll, but he ends up surveying the entire population of the town - who want change to improve their lot to the detriment of the town leaders business interests. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Up to his tricks in politics!

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21 May 1955 (Sweden)  »

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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 »

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Spoofs She Stoops to Conquer (1923) See more »

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Hill Billy Willie
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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George Saves Democracy!
1 May 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

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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