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Ask a Policeman (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 29 August 1939 (USA)
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

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (story) (as Sidney Gilliatt), Marriott Edgar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Sergt. Dudfoot
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Moore Marriott ... Harbottle
Glennis Lorimer Glennis Lorimer ... Emily
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Chief Constable
Charles Oliver ... The Squire
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Coastguard
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Turnbottom Round prides itself as the village without crime; there has not been an arrest recorded by the local police for years. Unfortunately, this is more to do with the inability of Sgt Dudfoot and his constables Jerry and Harbottle to so much as recognise a crime. With their jobs on the line, the trio attempt to stage a crime of their own, only to inadvertently uncover a smuggling ring and a headless horseman... Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Trivia

A rare broadcast of this comedy was shown by the BBC in 1987. See more »

Goofs

When the police car runs away from the flaming hearse Albert is seen in front of a back projection driving in reverse though he is actually looking straight ahead. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: [Dudfoot and his two constables have made an arrest] Did you search him?
Constable Albert Brown: One pocket book, one watch, one pen-knife and no money.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: One pen-knife and no what?
Constable Albert Brown: No money.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: Come on, turn out your pockets.
Constable Albert Brown: Oh, alright. One pen-knife and fifteen bob.
Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot: Blimey! Will you never learn to be honest? He's as much our prisoner as he is yours... Here you are, five bob each.
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Connections

Referenced in Sleepy Hollow (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Polieceman's Holiday
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Music by Montague Ewing
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An American Laughed
20 May 2015 | by bugsmoran29See all my reviews

I have to admit I enjoyed this old British comedy from the Thirties. Some of the one-liners made me howl. I especially enjoyed Graham Moffat as the fat and high-pitched voice. The ending put me in mind of the 3 Stooges as the three English bobbies run away from the mess they had created. I came across this gem on you tube and I intend to watch the rest of the series that starred Will Hays, a long forgotten comic star from a long forgotten time period in film history. It was felt by many people in Hollywood that English and European humor just didn't transfer well across the Atlantic Ocean, but films like 'Ask a Policeman' proves that theory wrong.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dorking, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono (British Acoustic) (uncredited)| Mono (recorded on Full-Range Recording at Islington, London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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