One of Will Hay's most popular films, The Black Sheep of Whitehall is an hilarious tale of mistaken identities and dastardly Nazi plots.
Professor William Davis (Will Hay) is a bumbling schoolmaster who runs the less-than-reputable Harrow Correspondence College. The college has only one pupil (John Mills) - and even he hasn't paid his fees. When Davis goes in search of his missing money, he is accidentally caught up in a fiendish Nazi plot where no-one is whom they seem...
- Contains one of Will Hay's best scenes
Will Hay was one of the most popular British comedians of the 1930's and early 1940's. He usually played a seedy incompetent trying vainly to exert his authority and prove his expertise to a sceptical world.
In this film Hay's character (Professor *Davis*) becomes confused with a truly expert economist (Professor *Davys*). The real professor is kidnapped by spies and Will Hay adopts a series of disguises in his efforts to track down the gang (aided by John Mills).
One of the highlights of the film comes when Hay has to deliver the Professor's talk on economics on BBC radio. His attempt to explain the global economy in terms of nuts from Brazil and port from Portugal ("Brazilians will definitely grow more and more nuts!") has to be heard to be believed and reduces the interviewer (played by BBC newsman Leslie Mitchell) to a nervous collapse. Priceless stuff!
Will Hay .... Davis
John Mills .... Bobby Jessop
Basil Sydney .... Costello
Henry Hewitt .... Professor Davys
Felix Aylmer .... Crabtree
Owen Reynolds .... Harman.
Runtime: 80 min
Color: Black and White
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