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He Snoops to Conquer (1945)

Odd job man George Gribble (George Formby)causes problems for the local council he works for when he inadvertently helps two newspaper men expose corruption amongst the council leaders.

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Marcel Varnel
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Formby ... George Gribble
Robertson Hare Robertson Hare ... Sir Timothy Strawbridge
Elizabeth Allan ... Jane Strawbridge
Claude Bailey Claude Bailey ... Councillor Oxbold
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Councillor Hopkins
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Councillor Stubbins
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Angus McGluee
Vincent Holman Vincent Holman ... Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Rodwell William Rodwell ... Councillor Filbert (as Wm. Rodwell)
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Storyline

George Gribble (George Formby) works for the local council as an odd job man in the small, industrial town of Tangleton. When two newspaper reporters arrive in town to research an article on town planning George seems to be the only person at work. He gives them a guided tour of the town, only for them to write a highly critical article emphasizing the fact that the council leader lives alone in a huge mansion while George shares a house with 13 other people. The council orders Gribble to conduct an opinion poll, but he ends up surveying the entire population of the town - who want change to improve their lot to the detriment of the town leaders business interests. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Up to his tricks in politics!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Asking for Trouble See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film started off as "Asking For Trouble", but George Formby and his wife Beryl Formby thought it inappropriate after having a run in with the Variety Agents' Federation, so it was changed to "He Snoops to Conquer". See more »

Connections

Spoofs She Stoops to Conquer (1923) See more »

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Got To Get Your Photo In The Press
Written by Eddie Latta
Performed by George Formby
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Unusual form by comedy
29 July 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

George Formbys films for Columbia British are distinctly different from those he made for Ealing,with the exception of the basic story and not kissing his leading lady.They are longer and seem to have a bigger budget.The songs are nowhere near as good as those in the Ealing films.In this film he has great support from Robertson Hare and his inventions,one of which seems to be a1944 version of a scanner.There is a reasonably strong storyline which seems to be a satire on local government and post war planning.It has to be said that his Columbia films seem less well known and appreciated which might have been because they were unseen.


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