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Boys Will Be Boys (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy | July 1935 (UK)
Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

J.B. Morton (based on the "Narkover" characterisations of "BEACHCOMBER"), Will Hay (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Will Hay ... Dr. Alec Smart
Gordon Harker ... Faker Brown
Jimmy Hanley ... Cyril Brown
Davy Burnaby Davy Burnaby ... Col. Crableigh
Norma Varden ... Lady Dorking
Claude Dampier Claude Dampier ... Theo P. Finch
Charles Farrell ... Louis Brown
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Prison Governor
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Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story based on Dr Smart-Alec, the character created by John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Michael Morton (J.B. Morton, "Beachcomber") Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1935 (UK) See more »

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Narkover See more »

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Mono (British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording System: at Islington London)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Davy Burnaby, who plays Colonel Crableigh, would die on 18 April 1949, the same day as Will Hay. See more »

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In corridor shots, the large nameplate on the headmaster's study door reads 'Dr Alex Smart'. On shots of the open door from within the study, 'Alexander' is written in full. See more »

Quotes

Theo P. Finch: [Finch's hobby is keeping rabbits] You know, I started with Rover and only one other rabbit, and now I have seventeen. Isn't it marvellous?
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Up the Old Narkovians
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The first of the Will Hay professor films...
7 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During his career, Will Hay played a bunch of roles where he starred as an incompetent professor at a boys' school. Well, for you trivia folks, "Boys Will Be Boys" is his film film in which he plays this sort of role.

When the film begins, you see that Dr. Alec Smart (Hay) is teaching at a prison and daydreams about teaching at a boys school where the kids love and respect him. The problem is that the governor (we'd call him a 'warden' here in the States) thinks Dr. Smart is an incompetent and doesn't want to inflict him on the boys! But the letter from the governor is intercepted by one of the inmates and he then forges a much more favorable letter and sends it. Soon, Smart's been chosen for the job.

As soon as Smart arrives, he naturally screws up since he's a bit of an idiot and has a penchant for gambling. Naturally, there's a real rules-oriented guy at the school who takes a fast dislike of Smart and vows to get him fired. In the midst of all this, Smart's lady benefactor has her valuable necklace stolen and it becomes an integral part of the big rugby match.

In many ways, Hay is grabbing onto the big trend in American comedies of the early to mid-1930s--the big football game. But, since this is a British comedy, it's rugby. And, as far as Hays later films go, this one is very comparable though his character is a bit less stupid in this one. Still funny...but not quite the bumbler, as you'll see by the end of the film. Worth seeing...particularly if you like Hay films, though sadly I am in the minority here in the USA because most folks simply haven't heard of this fine comic.


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