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Ask a Policeman | 1939 | Will Hay, Graham Moffatt

A classic British comedy starring the peerless Hay in this sequel to Oh Mr Porter. Hay is the dummkopf Sgt Dudfoot, transferred to a sleepy rural village where it’s reckoned he’ll do least harm. Bored to bits, he concocts a cunning plan, along with his cronies Moffatt and Marriott, to instigate a crime wave in the otherwise peaceful village of Turnbottom Round (fnar fnar). Needless to say, the smuggling ruse he dreams up gets horribly confused with (you’ve guessed it) a real smuggling gang. Laughs, gags and the usual array of behind-the-scenes talent make this a gleesome treat.

cast
Will Hay as Sergt. Dudfoot
Graham Moffatt as Albert
Moore Marriott as Harbottle
Glennis Lorimer as Emily
Peter Gawthorne as Chief Constable
Charles Oliver as The Squire
Herbert Lomas as Coastguard
Patrick Aherne as Motorist
Cyril Chamberlain as Radio Announcer
Noel Dainton as Revenue Officer
Desmond Llewelyn as Headless Coachman
Dave O’Toole as Witness
Brian Worth as Broadcasting Engineer

crew
Director: Marcel Varnel
Script: Sidney Gilliat, Marriott Edgar, Val Guest

UK | 83 minutes | 1939

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