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Go to Blazes (1942)

| Short, Comedy
Ministry of Information-sponsored comedy short showing wartime audiences how to deal with the threat of incendiary bombs

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (screenplay), Diana Morgan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Father
Thora Hird ... Elsie
Muriel George ... Mother
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Will comes home to his two-storey house, to find his daughter Elsie reading some school books. He asks where Mother might be, and finds she's off getting home defence lessons. He's been chosen, he tells Elsie, to deliver a speech on this topic. He starts reciting what he intends to say as we segue into scenes of him reacting to an incendiary that's gone through his roof, coming down somewhere upstairs. Will clumsily gathers up his fire fighting equipment, including a shovel, bucket and water pump, all the while never letting go of a frying pan he's been trying to cook bacon in. He finds it's gone harmlessly into his half-filled bath tub, fizzing out. But another time, one's landed atop the peak of his roof, and is burning away. Will arrives at the top with tools ready, but it bores it's way through to the bed room. He scrambles down to it, but just as he gets there, it's burnt through the floor to the parlour below. Dashing down to face it there, he realises it will elude him once ... Written by WesternOne

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Walter Forde is credited as director, he always denied it. The actual director is thought to be Will Hay or Basil Dearden See more »

Quotes

Father: We'll say, for argument's sake, that an incendiary bomb drops in your kitchen.
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Soundtracks

Sailors Three (1940) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Irving
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It makes it point well...
7 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many of the WWII films designed to disseminate information to the public are rather dry and haven't aged well. However, this dandy little film starring Will Hay is worth seeing and really gets the point across very well.

During WWII, the German incendiary bombs were a serious problem. You couldn't just put them out easily and if you didn't act quickly, the termite bombs would literally burn through floor after floor of flats...destroying them in the process. Hay plays a man who is supposed to deliver a speech to the public on dealing with this menace and he then talks through the correct steps--and you see them acted out. However, this is all straight out of the book and Will never really dealt with one of these bombs. So, moments later, when one of these bombs hits his home, he's not at all prepared...so Mother has to deal with it along with his wife...while Will mostly runs about like an idiot.

Clever, well written, informative and funny...


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