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1936.Director:William Beaudine. Associate Producers:Edward Black,Sydney Gilliatt
Sreenplay:Will Hay, Robert Edmunds, William Beaudine
Adaptation by Ralph Spence from an original story by Leslie Arliss & Sydney Gilliatt
Editor:T.R.Fisher. Photography:Charles Van Enger. Settings:Vetchinsky
Musical Direction:Louis Levy. Sound:Michael Rose
A Gainsborough Picture.Distributed by Gaumont British 80mins
This film brings about Graham Moffatt's first appearance with Will Hay. He plays the office boy. The basic fundementals of the Hay and Moffatt relationship are forged in this film. We see Moffatt's natural disrespect for Hay's character Benjamin Stubbins turning to one of co-operation in time of need.
Hay arrives for work at his solicitors office to find Moffatt with his feet up on the desk reading a copy of Wild West weekly. He takes great pleasure in informing Hay that there have been no letters, no telegrams, no phone calls and no clients. Hay takes an interest in what Moffatt is reading. 'This is absolute piffle and rubbish my boy, it's absolute nonsense. Is it this weeks?' asks Hay. 'Yeah' answers a disinterested Moffatt. Hay quickly rolls up the comic and puts it in his pocket for later reading.
Hay visits his brother-in-laws house to pay a visit to his daughter who is being raised by his country seat relations.
Whilst here he manages to convince the butler who is teetotal that he requires a drink or two from his masters drinks cabinet to help quell spasms that he has. The butler unlocks the drink cabinet which had been locked by Hay's brother-in law knowing that he likes to hit the bottle a bit. Hay manages to convince the butler that taking a few sips of the beverage will rid him of his tooth-ache. The butler gives it a go and before long the two are involved in a drunken game of billiards. Hay's brother-in-law returns to find our duo in a drunken state and sends them both packing.
The plot from here is one of Hay becoming involved with some American gangsters who want to use his office, so they can get at a bank safe which is in the room below his. They make up a bogus story and convince Hay that they need to track down some American ancestors in Scotland. He takes up the job that will keep him out of the office for a while. The finale involves a fancy dress Christmas Eve party with everybody in attendance including Hay and his relations with their friends and the American crooks. A plot is abound to strip all the guests of their valuables. Hay exposes the crooks to a group of policeman who by chance happen to be outside the door singing Christmas carols. Hay is hailed a hero and dressed as Santa Claus he remarks 'A Merry Christmas, Girls & Boys, I've brought you jewels, instead of toys. In spite of what you think, it seems to me I've earned a drink' His brother-in-law replies 'Your'e right old chap, you've saved us lots of trouble, you deserve a drink.' Hay quips 'I'll have a double double.