1939.Director:Marcel Varnel. Producer:Edward Black.
Sreenplay:J.O.C.Orton ~Val Guest ~Marriott Edgar
Editor:R.E.Dearing ~ Alfred Roome
Musical Direction:Louis Levy.
A Gainsborough Picture.Distributed by Gaumont British . 90mins
As Professor Benjamin Tibbetts, Hay is sent to Africa by the Teaching and Welfare Institute for the reform of Pagans (T.W.I.R.P) peddling a diluted education to the unsuspecting children of Africa. On the voyage over to to Africa Hay is unwittingly duped into carrying gin making equipment in his luggage. This is wanted by the brother of the tribes Chief, where Hay is going to teach so it will fire them up into taking over the British out-post. The British have made it illegal for these tribes to have any form of alcohol. The Chief's brother want's to rid his country of the British and to be proclaimed Chief of the tribe.
Hay is seen describing to a passenger the meaning of T.W.I.R.P. 'It's a very, very old society.. why we've got members all over the world. Of course the majority of them are only honourary members. I'm a life member....I'm a proper twirp.'
School begins and the Professor has a hard time with his new pupils, the deputy Commissioner goes down with malaria, so it is left to Tibbetts to take over his duties. Hay once again is disastrously involved with Albert & Harbottle, this time they are on a dilapidated paddlesteamer, journeying up the crocodile infested waters, collecting taxes on behalf of the Commissioner.
Our trio go ashore to collect the taxes, but because of the confusion over the tribes failure to understand their taxes Hay produces his own tax form by way of an example. 'Don't earn much do you?' asks Albert, taking a quick peep. 'Listen! I don't want any cheek from you, anyway that's nothing at all to do with what I earn. That's what I declare!' Albert gets around to net incomes. 'Net income' says Hay, 'well that's no use, that's for fishermen.'
The Chief of the tribe discovers his brother's gin making factory and warns Hay of his brother's revolt. Our trio then try to use the boat's morse code machine so they can send a message to headquarters notifying them of their own impending doom and for re-inforcements to be sent. Hay asks Albert if he know's anything about the morse code. 'Oh! that dot dash stuff ' 'yes' answers Hay. 'Where a dot is short and a dash is long' asks Albert. 'That's right' replies Hay. 'And you have a different combination for each letter?' continues Albert. 'YES' exclaims Hay, 'Oh no,I don't know anything about that!!'
They finally send their message for help and it should read-Send all soldiers on . Leave immediately. But because of bad punctuation they fail to put the full stop in and the soldiers back at headquarters take an holiday which leaves our gang to fight their own battle.
Hay manages to rescue a small baby from the drunken tribe and decides to bath the infant, but can't work out if the water is too hot or cold. Harbottle chips in 'You can easily find out... put the baby in the water and if he turns red it's too hot and if he turns blue it's too cold! On drying the baby Hay asks Harbottle if he's got any powder, 'You mean gunpowder?' asks Harbottle. 'Blimey! I want to dust him down, not blow him up!' comes Hay's reply.
They make it back to a deserted headquarters thanks to the ill-fated coded message. They decide to arm themselves and defeat the drunken tribe themselves and in a scene very reminiscent of Laurel & Hardy's 1931 film Beau Hunks our trio hold off the tribe until re-inforcements arrive.