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Pot Luck (1936)

Recently retired, big-headed, Inspector Fitzpatrick (Walls) traces priceless vase to manor house owned by the ineffectual Pye (Robertson Hare)


Tom Walls


Ben Travers




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Walls ... Inspector Fitzpatrick
Ralph Lynn ... Reggie Bathbrick
Robertson Hare ... Mr. Pye
Diana Churchill ... Jane Bathbrick
Gordon James Gordon James ... Cream
Martita Hunt ... Mrs. Cream
J.A. O'Rourke J.A. O'Rourke ... Kelly
T. Kirby T. Kirby ... Mackail
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Kelly
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Berkeley
J.H. Roberts ... Bevis
H.G. Stoker H.G. Stoker ... Davey
Charles Barrett Charles Barrett ... Jacobs
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Miller
Sam Wilkinson Sam Wilkinson ... Lever


Recently retired, big-headed, Inspector Fitzpatrick (Walls) traces priceless vase to manor house owned by the ineffectual Pye (Robertson Hare)

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Comedy | Crime







Release Date:

April 1936 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Watchable if there's nothing else on
1 September 2003 | by heebie_jeebiesSee all my reviews

A priceless vase is stolen by a master thief, who uses a very silly and far-fetched plan to dupe a stupid attendant into handing the vase over to him. The attendant then attempts, with the help of an Irish sleuth, to retrieve the vase in time for its owner to collect it without any knowledge of the ordeal. It's a middle-of-the-road C-grade plot for a very middle-of-the-road C-grade film. The first half is watchable; neither good nor bad but a bit of a let-down after the compelling first scene. The second half, which involves the attempt to retrieve the vase, is more exciting. This daft little film is the 30s equivalent of one of those brainless, unoriginal films like Tomb Raider - only with a lot more class and charm. Its strength is its cast - the always wonderful Tom Walls is great as the Irish detective, and Ralph Lynn and Robertson Hare are good as - well, as the sort of twitty characters they always play. This is definitely one of the weaker films directed by Tom Walls, but the cast make it watchable.

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