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Old Bill and Son (1941)

WWI veteran Bill is inspired to re-enlist in 1939, and ends up serving with his son.

Director:

Ian Dalrymple

Writers:

Bruce Bairnsfather (screenplay) (as Captain Bruce Bairnsfather), Bruce Bairnsfather (story "Old Bill") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Old Bill
John Mills ... Young Bill Busby
Mary Clare ... Maggie
Renee Houston ... Stella Malloy
Rene Ray Rene Ray ... Sally
Gus McNaughton ... Alf
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Bert
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Chimp
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... Françoise
Roland Culver ... Colonel
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Canuck
Nicholas Phipps ... BBC Reporter
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Willoughby
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Storyline

WWI veteran Bill is inspired to re-enlist in 1939, and ends up serving with his son.

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Taglines:

A Barrage of Laughs!

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 March 1941 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Legeran See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Young Bill Busby: How do you get on driving in the blackout, Dad?
Old Bill: Easy as winking. Hop in and I'll show you.
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Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag
[uncredited]
Written by Felix Powell and George Asaf
Performed by the cast
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12 production stills and a novelisation.
7 November 2002 | by philipdaviesSee all my reviews

A film that once did its bit in cheering up a Britain at war, it is unlikely to have them rolling in the aisles at the multiplex. This is not to say that it couldn't still raise a few laughs, if it was ever shown again.

From what I have read of the contemporary novelisation, and seen of the 12 production stills included in that volume - which appears to be a very faithful adaptation - , it is a jolly effort all round, and might well appeal to anyone who enjoys 'Dad's Army'. Perhaps a television audience would appreciate its quaint charms.

Certainly, it is redolent of its era. Old Bill reminds one of an elderly if slightly dotty relative, whom we should be more sorry than we are to see shuffle off into oblivion. I would go so far as to say that we would be altogether nicer and more interesting people if we made the past generations more welcome at our flickering electronic hearth. But I suppose someone over fifty would be prone to such opinions. The under-forties probably find such ordinary old films too creepily remote from the common light of current fashion for comfortable viewing. There is, truly, nothing more disturbing than being forced to observe the precursors of your own flimsy wisps of existence in that dusty shaft of relentless ephemerality!

But for all those out there who habitually prowl the graveyards of long-forgotten tears and laughter, illuminated by the unnatural light of other days, you might try second-hand booksellers for the next-best thing to seeing the film itself:

Old Bill & son : the story of the film /by Bruce Bairnsfather and Ian Dalrymple. - London : Hutchinson & Co., [1941]


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