Talking Pictures TV just keeps getting better and better. In addition to continuing Laurel & Hardy screenings, they’ve now added the classic films of Will Hay to their roster.
Hay’s succession of incompetent authoritarians – policemen, firemen, railwaymen and most especially, schoolmasters – are simply brilliant character portraits, and remain surprisingly relevant today. Hay’s talents, along with those of sidekicks Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt, director Marcel Varnel, and scriptwriters Val Guest, Marriott Edgar and J.O.C Orton, produced the best British comedies of the pre-war era. Tune in and catch Will on Thursdays and Saturdays during March & April (details below), and for more info on Hay’s career, there’s an overview here.
It’s here, finally! 1001 things seem to have got in the way of completing it, but here we are. Inside you’ll find the final part of our look at the great Charley Chase’s films, an in-depth appreciation of master British comedian Will Hay, details of other British comics coming to DVD, a guest article about forgotten comedienne Marjorie Beebe, reports from last year’s Silent Laughter Saturday, plus all the usual news and views.
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