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Boys Will Be Boys (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy | July 1935 (UK)
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

Writers:

J.B. Morton (based on the "Narkover" characterisations of "BEACHCOMBER"), Will Hay (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Will Hay ... Dr. Alec Smart
Gordon Harker ... Faker Brown
Jimmy Hanley ... Cyril Brown
Davy Burnaby Davy Burnaby ... Col. Crableigh
Norma Varden ... Lady Dorking
Claude Dampier Claude Dampier ... Theo P. Finch
Charles Farrell ... Louis Brown
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Prison Governor
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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 based on Dr Smart-Alec, the character created by John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Michael Morton (J.B. Morton, "Beachcomber") Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1935 (UK) See more »

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Narkover See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording System: at Islington London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Davy Burnaby, who plays Colonel Crableigh, would die on 18 April 1949, the same day as Will Hay. See more »

Goofs

In corridor shots, the large nameplate on the headmaster's study door reads 'Dr Alex Smart'. On shots of the open door from within the study, 'Alexander' is written in full. See more »

Quotes

Theo P. Finch: [Finch's hobby is keeping rabbits] You know, I started with Rover and only one other rabbit, and now I have seventeen. Isn't it marvellous?
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Up the Old Narkovians
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Written by Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes
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Old Narkovians
20 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Way Hay had been performing his "Fourth Form at St. Michaels" routines for a quarter of a century when he made this movie, the first of his "Schoolmaster" films. Most of the fun for a contemporary audience would have been too see it in the cinema, instead of over the radio or (rarely) on the stage.

Hay hits most of his character's notes right off the bat: he's venal, not as well-educated as he would let on, and a bit dithery. It's not the best of his movies, nor even of the Schoolmaster efforts. That would not happen until he had picked up his best stooge, Moore Marriott as a student so dimwitted he has grown old in the school -- a role originally played on the stage by Hay's wife.

Although not the best, there are plenty of laughs in this one, provided mostly by "Mayhem in the Classroom" routines and Hay's interaction with Gordon Harker, as Hay's forger, valet and blackmailer. The cinema-goer is offered a view of the public school boy and the graduates of Narkover School as venal, stupid, outright criminal and barely outwitted by Hay -- an image that surely appealed to the often lower-class film audiences.


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