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Dandy Dick (1935)

| Comedy | March 1935 (UK)
A church vicar tries to come up with 1,000 pounds to fix the church's crooked steeple. After a variety of schemes fails to raise the required amount of money, he decides to bet what little ... See full summary »

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William Beaudine

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William Beaudine (adaptation), Clifford Grey (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Will Hay ... Vicar the Rev. Richard Jedd
Nancy Burne Nancy Burne ... Pamela Jedd
Esmond Knight ... Tony Mardon
Davy Burnaby Davy Burnaby ... Sir William Mardon
Mignon O'Doherty Mignon O'Doherty ... Georgiana Jedd
Syd Crossley ... Wilkins
Robert Nainby Robert Nainby ... Bale
John Singer John Singer ... Freddie
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James Finlayson ... (Unknown - part cut)
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A church vicar tries to come up with 1,000 pounds to fix the church's crooked steeple. After a variety of schemes fails to raise the required amount of money, he decides to bet what little savings he has on Dandy Dick, a nag running at the local racetrack who's a 10-to-1 shot. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A seldom occasion in that Will Hay's character is actually qualified in the job he holds, that being of a vicar. See more »

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Early Work
27 November 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

Will Hay is a somewhat forgotten British comedy star whose best work was done in the days of black & white films. Some of them are classics of their type like 'Oh, Mr Porter' and 'The goose steps out,' as well as others. Hay was a bit like W.C.Fields in that he had his own unique style and his quirky eccentric quintessential English characters don't always transpose to a international audience.

The world of very parochial British garden fêtes, church meetings, village steeple funds,bent horse races and touts, are hard to translate. This very creaky studio bound production only hints at the promise of Hay's later far better work. Not helped by the main emphasis for the humour is on the deafness of one of the villagers and the confusion this causes. There are one or two amusing moments but by and large, this is turgid stuff, even at the short running time of 70 minutes.

This is really a work in progress, as Hay begins to define the slightly dodgy schoolmaster/professor character that came alive in his later films. Where he was greatly supported by his two sidekicks, Albert and Harbottle, both sadly missing here, although the latter makes a fleeting appearance as a stable hand.

One for the completists and those with an interest in Hay's early career.


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