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Old Bones of the River (1938)

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 »

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Marcel Varnel
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Prof. Benjamin Tibbetts
Moore Marriott ... Jerry Harbottle
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert Brown
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Bosambo
Jack London Jack London ... M'Bapi
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Commissioner Sanders
Jack Livesey ... Capt. Hamilton
Western Brothers Western Brothers ... The Voice of Reproach (as The Western Brothers)
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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 on his duties too. Aided by the crew of the boat he arrived on he starts collecting taxes from the locals! Written by Anonymous

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1938 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono (British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

Spoofs Sanders of the River (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

The Red White and Blue
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Traditional
Arranged by Charles Williams
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Classic comedy
8 May 2003 | by darthaultSee all my reviews

Whilst this isn't quite up there with the likes if "Oh Mr Porter" and "Ask A Police Man", it still has a huge amount to offer. It is a little slow to start but as soon as the classic threesome of Hay, Moffatt and Marriott get going there is nothing stopping them. This is pure, inoffensive humour at its best. The scene in which they have to bath a baby is particuarly funny. I recommend this to all that love a good laugh.


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