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My Learned Friend (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Thriller | 25 October 1943 (UK)
An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Fitch is on the list, and co-opts Claude Babbington to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end.

Directors:

Basil Dearden, Will Hay

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (original screen play), John Dighton (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... William Fitch
Claude Hulbert ... Claude Babbington
Mervyn Johns ... Grimshaw
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Sir Norman (as Laurence Hanray)
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Magistrate
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... 'Safety' Wilson
Leslie Harcourt Leslie Harcourt ... Barman
Eddie Phillips Eddie Phillips ... 'Basher' Blake
G.H. Mulcaster G.H. Mulcaster ... Dr. Scudamore
Ernest Thesiger ... Ferris
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson ... Col. Chudleigh
Gibb McLaughlin ... Butler
Maudie Edwards Maudie Edwards ... Aladdin
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Storyline

An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Fitch is on the list, and co-opts Claude Babbington to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit liv er i fare See more »

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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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Trivia

First film of HY Hazell. See more »

Goofs

The synchronisation between the 'studio' car driven by Claude Babbington (Claude Hulbert) and the back projection does not match up, in that notwithstanding the bends in the road, his hands never move the steering wheel to follow the course of the road. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: LONDON PRE-WAR See more »

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References Safety Last! (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Bounce
(uncredited)
from Dead of Night (1945)
Music by Lou Preager
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The wonderful Will Hay signs off with black comedy classic.
14 April 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

A mad murderer is on the loose and vowing to kill off all those who done him wrong. Seventh on the list is failed lawyer William Fitch, can Fitch and his equally inefficient cohort Claude Babbington stop the madman before Fitch meets his end?

This was sadly to be Will Hay's last film before retiring due to ill health that would claim his life in 1949, with a CV boasting only 19 acting credits, it's not a wonder that the fabulous Will Hay is still not a big enough name to befit his considerable comedic acting talent. Of the 19 acting credits to is name, My Learned Friend easily slots into a top five best list, fusing mad cap comedy with delicious dots of dry black humour, it's a brisk and delightful way to spend 74 minutes. Tagging along with Hay is Claude Hulbert as Babbington, full of vigour he is the perfect foil to Hay's brand of delivery, whilst Mervyn Johns has a devilishly good time as the mad vendetta driven Grimshaw. There is no pious propaganda here, no ulterior motives hidden within the structure, it's a simplistic tale given total comedic treatment from a much undervalued British treasure. 9/10


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