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Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

Professor Davis, who teaches at a correspondence school, discovers that a Nazi Agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing ... See full summary »

Directors:

Basil Dearden, Will Hay

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (original story) (as Angus Macphail), John Dighton (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hay ... Professor Davis
John Mills ... Bobby Jessop
Basil Sydney ... Arthur Costello
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Prof. Davys
Felix Aylmer ... J.B. Crabtree
Owen Reynolds Owen Reynolds ... Harman
Frank Cellier ... Dr. Innsbach
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Sir John
Frank Allenby Frank Allenby ... Onslowe
Thora Hird ... Joyce
Margaret Halstan Margaret Halstan ... Matron
Barbara Valerie Barbara Valerie ... Sister Spooner
Leslie Mitchell Leslie Mitchell ... B.B.C. Interviewer
George Woodbridge ... Male Nurse
George Merritt ... Station Master
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Storyline

Professor Davis, who teaches at a correspondence school, discovers that a Nazi Agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent is posing as an economics expert seconded to the trade delegation. The professor must find the real economist and expose the agent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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mistaken identity | treason | See All (2) »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1947 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cerná ovce See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the bath chair tips up at the end of the car case there are castor wheels on the bottom that are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Davis: [Asked to explain international commerce in a radio interview] Ah - well, the chief export from Portugal is - er - port, and the chief export of Brazil is - nuts. Well, now, the economic situation between port and nuts - that is to say between Portugal and Brazil, is that the Brazilians want to drink port with their nuts and the Portuguese want to eat nuts with their port; so the more the export of port from Portuguese ports which the Brazilian ports import - the greater the export of nuts which...
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Opening credits prologue: In England there are many famous seats of learning .... OXFORD CAMBRIDGE ETON HARROW AND

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Amusing but not his best
5 October 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Will hay was like many great comedians,he hated being part of a team.Two other examples being WC Fields in his later years and Tony Hancock.Despite doing his best work at Gainsborough he decided to break with them and join Ealing.As a result none of the 5 films that he starred and co-directed at Ealing are up to the standard of the films that he made with Graham Moffat and Moore Marriott.In this film his straight man is of all people John Mills.Whilst there are some funny moments this film is not consistently funny.Also it has to be said that Hay is starting to look quite old,he only made 2 more features after this before a series of strokes brought an untimely end to his career.


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