Started by Phoenix Lazarus, December 13, 2023, 04:56:03 PM
Quote from: Jittlebags on December 13, 2023, 05:39:14 PMAll on You Tube.Don't think I've seen that one.
Quote from: Jittlebags on December 14, 2023, 11:33:19 AMI bet he was. Copped a look at Uranus did he? The dirty get.
Quote from: Ignatius_S on December 14, 2023, 12:04:28 PM'That's nice, they can have half each.'
Quote from: Jittlebags on December 14, 2023, 01:34:36 PMlol. Love that.
Quote from: Phoenix Lazarus on December 14, 2023, 08:01:47 AMThe 'how high is a Chinaman' and 'what is a unit of electricity' exchanges are funny.
Quote from: Maurice Yeatman on December 14, 2023, 10:52:39 AMOh! Mr Porter is one of those films where everything comes together perfectly to make something that's greater than the sum of its parts. It's easily Hay's best, and Marriott and Moffat's too. You can see what an influence it was on Jimmy Perry for Dad's Army.They followed it up immediately with Convict 99, which doesn't have the same magic, but is still funny with some great gags, as are almost all of Hay's films from Boys Will Be Boys on.Of the ones that don't feature the team of Marriott and Moffat together, I'd also recommend the earlier Good Morning Boys, and the later Ghost of St Michael's and the ghosts of st michaekls. The latter was his final film and is probably his second best after Oh! Mr Porter. Brilliantly funny performances from Hay and Claude Hulbert, and Mervyn Johns as an insane ex-convict trying to kill them. Not on youtube, but there's a ropy version in two parts on dailymotion. If you're lucky enough to have one of those newfangled "DVD machines", there are two Will Hay Collection boxsets that cover just about everything in better quality than online.
Quote from: Ignatius_S on December 14, 2023, 05:55:00 PMGood to see My Learned Friend being recommended and I think a lot would put that as his second-best film (and if not, close to it). It's such a shame that it was his final film, because it would have been so interesting to see what other films would have been like. The decision to move his character from having questionable honesty to unquestionable dishonesty was a masterstroke, I feel. Also, I appreciated how the comedy had darker elements. There was a good BFI article - https://www.bfi.org.uk/features/will-hays-new-direction-my-learned-friend - that looked at this and argues that it was a forerunner to later Ealing black comedies like The Ladykillers.Totally agree with what you said about Johns and Hulbert. I'm a huge admirer of the the former and think this is probably the greatest work that the latter did (and also like him in the previous film they did).
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on December 15, 2023, 09:59:14 AMI find it interesting he apparently kept his astronomy secret until he discovered the spot on Saturn which was such big news it blew his cover. Would being known as a boffin really ruin his comedy career in the 30s?
Quote from: Maurice Yeatman on December 15, 2023, 02:38:24 AMHadn't seen that BFI article before, cheers. Totally agree.There are a few good scenes in this video, including part of the daft opening scene from My Learned Friend at the end.The excerpt from Good Morning 30-year-old Boys at 8:40 is like something from Bilko 18 years ahead of it.
Quote from: Phoenix Lazarus on December 15, 2023, 06:33:13 PMI've just finished watched The Goose Steps Out. There's a slightly surreal grouping of Hay with a fresh-faced and non-bespectacled Charles Hawtrey and Barry Morse, who was later the grey-haired, balding professor in Space 1999. Hay impersonates a German whose job is to instruct future spies who are to enter Britain. In so doing, he convinces himself the two-fingered obscene gesture is a salute of respect in the United Kingdom. He gets a roomful of young men to hail a hanging painting of the Fuhrer thus. The picture caricatures the German leader with crazed-looking bulging eyes. The climactic journey to Britain that Hay makes with his allies, three turncoat young Austrians, in a hijacked aircraft, is a tour de force of exciting slapstick.
Quote from: Phoenix Lazarus on February 11, 2024, 07:51:24 PMI've recently watched Boys Will Be Boys, and Good Morning Boys. The latter of his school-based films seemed a lot more polished and amusing, despite it being only two years later than the former.
Quote from: derek stitt on February 12, 2024, 04:27:21 PMOn a less miserable note, can anybody use mathematics to determine the speed of a car by counting street lights? Will Hay says it's possible in a few of his films.
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