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I Thank You (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 October 1941 (UK)
Struggling entertainers who are trying to put on a show pose as servants to wealthy woman in hopes of raising the money.

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Howard Irving Young (original story), Marriott Edgar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Askey ... Arthur
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Stinker (as Richard {Stinker} Murdoch)
Lily Morris Lily Morris ... Lady Randall
Moore Marriott ... 'Pop' Bennett
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Issy Bonn Issy Bonn ... Himself
Eleanor Farrell Eleanor Farrell ... Herself (as Forsythe Seamon & Farrell)
Charlie Forsythe Charlie Forsythe ... Himself (as Forsythe Seamon & Farrell)
Addie Seamon Addie Seamon ... Herself (as Forsythe Seamon & Farrell)
Kathleen Harrison ... Cook
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Bill, The Fireman
Felix Aylmer ... Henry Potter
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Dr. Pope
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Lomas
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Miss Pizer
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Storyline

Struggling entertainers who are trying to put on a show pose as servants to wealthy woman in hopes of raising the money.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1941 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Considered by Arthur Askey to be the "stinker" of his film career. See more »

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Referenced in Hitler: The Comedy Years (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Promenade
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Levy
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A lot of fun...
30 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My bet is that if you asked 100 of my fellow Americans who Arthur Askey was, you MIGHT get lucky and find one. He and other British comedians like Will Hay are simply never shown on TV around here and the only reason I discovered them is that I like to download and watch public domain movies--and I have discovered some interesting movies that way. It seems that a lot of the public domain films were made by Gainesborough Pictures--and they made a lot of comedies as well as dramas.

Now I am not saying all these films are brilliant. Askey was often a bit low-brow in his humor--probably because he had his roots in the English stage--sort of like their version of vaudeville. So, for his audiences, Askey and many other comedians went for the cheap laugh--and that's not really a bad thing! Plus, his humor was never as cheap as our Three Stooges! This film must have seemed very near and dear to the hearts of the actors, as it's about a group of stage performers who are out of work and need someone to finance their show. So, Askey and Richard Murdock both approach a rich Lady--who also used to be a performer like them. But, she turns out to want nothing to do with her old job and now she is too sophisticated for such things. So, instead of asking for her financing directly, the decide to go to work for her, as she's advertising for a butler and maid. So you think....how can one of them be a maid?! Well, Askey, in the grand tradition of low-brow entertainment, dresses in drag--and he looks pretty convincing actually! So when exactly will they get around to popping the question? And what will she say? And what hope do they have of convincing anyone they are real servants?! Although this film too much singing, some of the songs were pretty catchy. Plus, I loved Moore Marriott in the he film. While he did a lot of films with Askey and Will Hay, here he is at his funniest. His crazy old coot routine is a hoot--and does a lot to make up for the plot lulls and songs. Well written and funny--this is a fun film even if some of the humor is a bit corny.


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