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Go to Blazes (1942)

| Short, Comedy
Ministry of Information-sponsored comedy short showing wartime audiences how to deal with the threat of incendiary bombs

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Although Walter Forde is credited as director, he always denied it. The actual director is thought to be Will Hay or Basil Dearden See more »

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Father: We'll say, for argument's sake, that an incendiary bomb drops in your kitchen.
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Three Cockeyed Sailors (1940) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Irving
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All gone to blazes
1 March 2009 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a short propaganda film financed by the Ministry of Information and filmed at Ealing with Britain's top comedian at the time the peerless Will Hay in a fine cast of three.

It was the height of WW2 - the Nazis were dropping firebombs on suspecting British citizens houses; this was what you were supposed to do in case such an emergency arose in your own household. Although your time for farcical comedy such as displayed here might be limited if you wanted to save your house from being burned down! But people would have got the message better because Hay was one of the instructors: they knew their seedy schoolmaster. Surely the real firebombs would have been more dangerous than the flares on display here though? Skinny Thora Hird played his rather scathing daughter the same as she was to play his scathing secretary in his next film The Black Sheep Of Whitehall, and Muriel George his rather contemptuous wife - was this was what he was fighting for?

It's a war curio, but it tells you more in 8 minutes about ordinary people living under such conditions and keeping their humour than a whole textbook could. If people could have guessed that not only were they fighting for Freedom they were also fighting for the future freedom of Britons to mass murder Britons in the name of God, would humour have deserted them?


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