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1. Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

80 min | Comedy

Professor Davis, who teaches at a correspondence school, discovers that a Nazi Agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing ... See full summary »

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay | Stars: Will Hay, John Mills, Basil Sydney, Henry Hewitt

Votes: 259

2. The Big Blockade (1942)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, War

Wartime propaganda piece reporting on the success of the economic blockade of Germany in the early years of the war.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Will Hay, Bernard Miles, John Stuart, David Evans

Votes: 149

3. The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)

82 min | Comedy

A hapless teacher named Will Lamb is hired by a grim school in Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal the death of one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley

Votes: 356

4. Where's That Fire? (1939)

73 min | Comedy

A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 285

5. Ask a Policeman (1939)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The mirthful adventures of Police-Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot and his two constables, Albert Brown and Jeremiah Harbottle, who stage a fabricated crime-wave to save their jobs---and then find themselves involved in the real thing.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott, Glennis Lorimer

Votes: 721

6. Old Bones of the River (1938)

90 min | Comedy

In this British comedy, a professor travels up river in Africa to open schools. But his new pupils are not receptive and when the commander of the local base succumbs to malaria, he takes ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Robert Adams

Votes: 203

7. Hey! Hey! U.S.A! (1938)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

Dr Twist has to pose on a liner as a famous professor and is asked to tutor Bernie, the son of a millionaire. To avoid awkward US immigration questions, Twist enlists the help of a gangster... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Edgar Kennedy, David Burns, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 175

8. Convict 99 (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy

A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Googie Withers

Votes: 415

9. Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

85 min | Comedy

With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Sebastian Smith

Votes: 1,496

10. Good Morning, Boys (1937)

79 min | Comedy

A schoolteacher and his pupils visit Paris where they outwit a gang of crooks.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Martita Hunt, Peter Gawthorne, Graham Moffatt

Votes: 356

11. Windbag the Sailor (1936)

87 min | Comedy

A bragging sea captain's maritime experience actually extends to navigating a coal barge down inland waterways. His tall tales catch him out when he is coerced into commanding an ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Norma Varden

Votes: 309

12. Where There's a Will (1936)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

An incompetent solicitor unwittingly becomes party to a bank robbery.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, H.F. Maltby, Norma Varden

Votes: 233

13. Boys Will Be Boys (1935)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Will Hay, Gordon Harker, Jimmy Hanley, Davy Burnaby

Votes: 358

14. Dandy Dick (1935)

70 min | Comedy

A church vicar tries to come up with 1,000 pounds to fix the church's crooked steeple. After a variety of schemes fails to raise the required amount of money, he decides to bet what little ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Will Hay, Nancy Burne, Esmond Knight, Davy Burnaby

Votes: 75

15. Radio Parade of 1935 (1934)

96 min | Musical

The Director General of the NBG is struggling with his staff as the complaints pile up on his programming.The staff put on a show that could turn the tide, if the DG can thwart a villainous agent and deal with his troublesome daughter.

Director: Arthur B. Woods | Stars: Will Hay, Helen Chandler, Clifford Mollison, Davy Burnaby

Votes: 61

16. Those Were the Days (1934)

80 min | Comedy

A farce based on Arthur Wing Pinero's play "The Magistrate", in which the son of a stern magistrate visits a music hall against the wishes of his father. In true farcical style, the ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Bentley | Stars: Will Hay, Iris Hoey, Angela Baddeley, Claud Allister

Votes: 77

17. Boots! Boots! (1934)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

A comedy starring George Formby as John Willie the shoe shine boy for a busy hotel. John is not very good at his job, as he often has trouble trying to pair up the shoes, much to his ... See full summary »

Director: Bert Tracy | Stars: George Formby, Beryl Formby, Arthur Kingsley, Tonie Forde

Votes: 74

18. Off the Dole (1935)

89 min | Comedy, Musical

Without a job, a young man is given the opportunity run his ill uncle's private-detective agency. He finds himself mixed up with everything from an unfaithful husband who is a secret nudist... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Mertz | Stars: George Formby, Dan Young, Constance Shotter, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 60

19. No Limit (1935)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

George Shuttleworth is convinced that he has the talent to win the Isle of Man TT races, despite what his neighbours back home in Wigan may think. During the trials, the brakes go on ... See full summary »

Director: Monty Banks | Stars: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Howard Douglas, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye

Votes: 242

20. The Time of Their Lives (1946)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 2,732

21. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 13,031 | Gross: $4.80M

22. Pardon My Sarong (1942)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce, Robert Paige

Votes: 1,977

23. Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

65 Metascore

To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 18,357

24. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk

Votes: 25,390 | Gross: $33.83M

25. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

61 Metascore

Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom

Votes: 22,657 | Gross: $41.83M

26. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 18,273

27. City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,887

28. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

Votes: 11,284

29. Turned Out Nice Again (1941)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Musical

George Pearson, who works for a underwear firm that is 20 years out of date, invests his own money in a new type of thread. The company are not interested in changes, and he quits. Later ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: George Formby, Peggy Bryan, Elliott Mason, Edward Chapman

Votes: 141

30. Trouble Brewing (1939)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

George has won a lot of money at the races but he's paid with counterfeit money. He sets about tracking down the criminals himself.

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Garry Marsh

Votes: 137

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