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Back Room Boy

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1942
  • Herbert Mason
  • 82 mins
  • PG

Summary

Wartime comedy starring Arthur Askey, Googie Withers and Moore Marriott. A BBC employee is sent to work on a remote Scottish lighthouse and encounters Nazi spies.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

How many flag-waving British comedies during the Second World War rehashed the old "haunted house full of spies" plot? The year after Will Hay used the premise in The Ghost of St Michael's, his regular sidekicks Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott cropped up in this inferior version set on an Orkney island lighthouse, tailored for the talents of Arthur Askey. The main problem is the film's insistence on hammering home every gag, with Askey particularly at fault. There are compensations, however, notably the by-play between Moffatt and Marriott, and the performance of Googie Withers.

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Credits

Cast

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Arthur PilbeamArthur Askey
BobbieGoogie Withers
JerryMoore Marriott
AlbertGraham Moffatt
JaneVera Frances
BettyJoyce Howard
Steve MasonJohn Salew
UncleGeorge Merritt (1)

Crew

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DirectorHerbert Mason

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Released on
1942-04-17
Languages
English | German
Formats
Black and white
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