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Ask a Policeman (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 29 August 1939 (USA)
The mirthful adventures of Police-Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot and his two constables, Albert Brown and Jeremiah Harbottle, who stage a fabricated crime-wave to save their jobs---and then find themselves involved in the real thing.

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (story) (as Sidney Gilliatt), Marriott Edgar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Sergt. Dudfoot
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert
Moore Marriott ... Harbottle
Glennis Lorimer Glennis Lorimer ... Emily
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Chief Constable
Charles Oliver ... The Squire
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Coastguard
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Storyline

Turnbottom Round prides itself as the village without crime; there has not been an arrest recorded by the local police for years. Unfortunately, this is more to do with the inability of Sgt Dudfoot and his constables Jerry and Harbottle to so much as recognise a crime. With their jobs on the line, the trio attempt to stage a crime of their own, only to inadvertently uncover a smuggling ring and a headless horseman... Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dorking, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic) (uncredited)| Mono (recorded on Full-Range Recording at Islington, London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The penultimate comedy featuring Will Hay, Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. Hay had made it clear by the time this film was made, that he wished to terminate the comedy partnership. See more »

Goofs

When the garage door opens 'spontaneously' the wire used to pull it open is visible. See more »

Quotes

Constable Jeremiah 'Jerry' Harbottle: [as Harbottle senior] When the tide runs low in the smugglers' cove, / And the 'eadless 'orseman rides above, / He drives along with his wild hallo, / And that's the time when the smugglers go in their little boats to the schooner and bring back the kegs of brandy and rum and put them all in the Devil's Cove below.
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Connections

Referenced in Licence to Kill: The Royal Premiere (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Polieceman's Holiday
(uncredited)
Music by Montague Ewing
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28 October 2004 | by ben-trovatoSee all my reviews

Because "Oh Mr Porter" was filmed two years earlier, it gets more favour from the critics, but although this film was a reworking of that plot, it stands up equally, if not better. -

There are so many great scenes. My favourite being when Harbottle (Marriott already playing a much older man) takes them to see his father, played by himself. Just shows what a superb actor he was. - The print quality seems a little worse for wear in places. Probably due to over use!


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