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This was definitely one of the great Will Hay's lesser efforts the
whole film seemed at best subdued at worst laboured. Although overall I
still like it as an ordinary British pre-War comedy film somehow with a
mild Aldwych atmosphere, it's just not one of his classics.
He plays Benjamin Stubbins a penniless seedy solicitor cum jack of all trades who happens to have rich relations in the country, and a cluttered office in the City directly above a bank. Unfortunately he makes the acquaintance of a gang of acquisitive gun-toting thieves who think he's a useful contact to have in the furtherance of their aims. The main subplot has him pretending to be a Somebody to his daughter which seems to totter pointlessly in and out of the story. Favourite bits: Some of the sparse interplay between Hay and his young office boy Graham Moffat though Hartley Power as the American gangster had better patter; the quaint fancy dress Christmas Party at the country house and climax.
Hay was excellent in his role even if the film itself could have done with a bit of (beautiful thought!) Tom Walls' lunacy to spark some life into the proceedings. But it's still a pleasant 76 minutes with plenty to savour and worth it to the fan.