Ask A Policeman
1939. 83 minutes. Comedy.
Story - Sydney Galliat
Screenwriters - Val Guest, Marriott Edgar
Director - Marcel Varnel
Producer - Edward Black
Will Hay - Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot
Graham Moffatt - Albert Brown
Moore Marriott - Jeremiah Harbottle/Harbottle Senior
Glennis Lorimer - Emily Martin
Peter Gawthorne - Chief Constable
Charles Oliver - The Squire
Herbert Lomas - The Coastguard
Brian Worth - Broadcasting Engineer
Patrick Aherne - First Motorist
Desmond Llewelyn - "headless horseman"
Set in the coastal village of Turnbotham Round, "the village without crime". No one has been arrested in 10 years 5 weeks and 4 days. So the chief constable decides that the village police force could be disbanded. Sergeant Dudfoot, Albert and Harbottle desperately set out to make up some crime in order to save their jobs. They start with speeding motorists, but find it difficult to work out the speed the motorists are travelling at. They then make up some smuggling, only to discover real smugglers in their village. Add to this a headless horseman, and it makes for a very exciting and comical film for everyone to enjoy.
My thoughts on the film:
Me and Mrs T found this to be a hilarious film, starring three excellent actors who compliment each other's performances brilliantly. I must say, the headless horseman did scare me somewhat, but I held on to Mrs T's hand and that helped enormously! We both thoroughly enjoyed this film and found every scene to be laugh out loud funny, not just the odd chuckle here and there. In fact, everyone enjoyed it so much, that when the air raid siren went off in the cinema, we all just stayed to carry on watching the film! We did, with a cup of tea!
The film had everything, crime, comedy, scariness and even a car chase at the end, well, a van and double-decker bus chase! All lots of fun and very enjoyable indeed. It only leaves with me one thing more to say:
"When the tide runs low in the devil's cove,
And the headless horseman is seen above,
He drives along with his wild hello,
Lickerty spit, lickerty spit."
Jeremiah Harbottle 1939.