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Spare a Copper (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 April 1941 (UK)
A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But then the rest of the police get the idea that he is one of the enemy agents.

Writers:

Roger MacDougall (by), Basil Dearden (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Formby ... George Carter
Dorothy Hyson ... Jane Gray
George Merritt ... Brewster
John Warwick John Warwick ... Shaw
Bernard Lee ... Jake
Bryan Herbert Bryan Herbert ... Williams
Warburton Gamble ... Sir Robert
John Turnbull ... Inspector Richards
James Woodburn James Woodburn ... Macdermott
Eliot Makeham ... Fuller
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Lady Hardstaff
Charles Carson ... Admiral
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Manager of Music Store
Edward Lexy ... Night Watchman
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Storyline

A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But then the rest of the police get the idea that he is one of the enemy agents. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Our George in the force. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Goofs

When Fuller claims that the lorry with the propeller blades overtook his car "doing the knots" he seems to be unaware that the very same lorry's speed is limited to only 20 mph as seen earlier by the weight and speed stenciled on its chassis. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Merseyside 1939 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shepperton Babylon (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Shy
Music and lyrics George Formby Fred E. Cliffe Harry Gifford
Accompanied by Arthur Young (as Arthur Young and the Novochord)
Performed by George Formby (uncredited)
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George joins the Flying Squad
19 September 2020 | by vampire_hounddogSee all my reviews

A police reservist (George Formby) is desperate to join the Flying Squad his bumbling prevents him untlil he can crack a gang of saboteurs who are seeking to tackle a new destroyer being built for the Royal Navy.

A good fun Formby vehicle with the star running round with plenty of energy in this often funny vehicle, though perhaps a little more slapsticky than most; the finale chase sequence is especially silly, almost spoiling an otherwise enjoyable comedy. This slapstick is probably to capitalise on the popular propaganda dream sequence in LET GEORGE DO IT (also 1940).


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Akta're för polisen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone) (uncredited)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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