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Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

Professor Davis, who teaches at a correspondence school, discovers that a Nazi Agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing ... See full summary »

Directors:

Basil Dearden, Will Hay

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (original story) (as Angus Macphail), John Dighton (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hay ... Professor Davis
John Mills ... Bobby Jessop
Basil Sydney ... Arthur Costello
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Prof. Davys
Felix Aylmer ... J.B. Crabtree
Owen Reynolds Owen Reynolds ... Harman
Frank Cellier ... Dr. Innsbach
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Sir John
Frank Allenby Frank Allenby ... Onslowe
Thora Hird ... Joyce
Margaret Halstan Margaret Halstan ... Matron
Barbara Valerie Barbara Valerie ... Sister Spooner
Leslie Mitchell Leslie Mitchell ... B.B.C. Interviewer
George Woodbridge ... Male Nurse
George Merritt ... Station Master
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Storyline

Professor Davis, who teaches at a correspondence school, discovers that a Nazi Agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing as an economics expert seconded to the trade delegation. The professor must find the real economist and expose the agent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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mistaken identity | treason | See All (2) »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1947 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cerná ovce See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the car chase from Claremont Nursing Home it is obvious that all three participants are doubles; in the sports car Professor Davis (Will Hay) and Bobby (John Mills) and in the towed invalid chair Prof Davys (Henry Hewitt). See more »

Quotes

Davis: [Asked to explain international commerce in a radio interview] Ah - well, the chief export from Portugal is - er - port, and the chief export of Brazil is - nuts. Well, now, the economic situation between port and nuts - that is to say between Portugal and Brazil, is that the Brazilians want to drink port with their nuts and the Portuguese want to eat nuts with their port; so the more the export of port from Portuguese ports which the Brazilian ports import - the greater the export of nuts which...
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Opening credits prologue: In England there are many famous seats of learning .... OXFORD CAMBRIDGE ETON HARROW AND

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Pretty Dire
15 July 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Will Hay was never as funny again after leaving Gainsborough for Ealing, and with it Graham Moffat & Moore Marriott. This one is a particularly dispiriting affair, with few of a good cast at their best - and it doesn't even have Claude Hulbert! Hay laboriously impersonates six different characters without any attempt to change his voice or body language; while the concluding motor cycle chase set against an attractive rural backdrop initially promises to liven things up, but proves far too confusing and goes on far too long.

There are odd moments such as the radio interview with Leslie Mitchell that reduces Mitchell to a perspiring wreck, and John Mills has a couple of funny scenes impersonating an amnesiac in the Psychopathic Ward; but it took until Hay's next (and final) two films to return to something like his old form.


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