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Back-Room Boy (1942)

A lowly BBC employee pulls a prank at the studio and finds himself transferred to an isolated island where he is to set up a weather station at a lighthouse. As if in a fantasy, a ship ... See full summary »

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Herbert Mason

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J.O.C. Orton (original story), Val Guest (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ... Arthur Pilbeam
Moore Marriott ... Jerry
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Googie Withers ... Bobbie
Vera Frances Vera Frances ... Jane
Joyce Howard ... Betty
John Salew John Salew ... Steve Mason
George Merritt ... Uncle
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A lowly BBC employee pulls a prank at the studio and finds himself transferred to an isolated island where he is to set up a weather station at a lighthouse. As if in a fantasy, a ship carrying a bevy of beautiful models is shipwrecked off the coast and the models wind up on the island. However, when the models begin disappearing, the "back-room boy" investigates and finds a sinister scheme involving spies and Nazi battleships. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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UK

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Release Date:

17 April 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mannekängerna som försvann See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in The Filth and the Fury (2000) See more »

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Hilarious romp
17 October 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

I probably say each Askey comedy is the "best one so far" so if I said it now it wouldn't carry any weight.

But it is.

It's the teaming of him and Googie Withers that does it, and it's interesting to see her both very young and very dark. I know she was a natural brunette in any case but I've gotten so used to seeing her as a blonde in her late 30's roles!

Askey was the guy who does the pips in the hour so that everyone can set their watches. Although this job doesn't bode too well with his girlfriend (Joyce Howard) so he makes a mockery of it one night and somehow gets a new job - relegated to watching over a lighthouse on a deserted island where apparently some evil mermaid haunts. He's glad to be there if only to be away from women at last but this changes when Googie's boat is torpeedoed and she's stranded there with him, and then about seven more of her girlfriends make it to land after her. The movie takes a decidedly more mysterious turn when they all start disappearing without a trace.

I'd give this one a 10 and put it up with other great laughs such as "The Ghost Train", "Charley's Big-Hearted Aunt" and "Bees In Paradise".


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