My Learned Friend

My Learned Friend

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Will Hay plays a disbarred solicitor who, with the help of Claude, embarks on a frantic chase in pursuit of a psychopathic murderer newly released from prison. The prisoner is working through a vengeance list with Fitch's name near the top... My Learned Friend offers a fascinating insight into the direction Will Hay might have taken if ill health had not caused this Ealing picture to be his last. The tone is much darker than his previous films, and the humour, much of it revolving around a sequence of grisly murders, foreshadows the blackest of Ealing's post-war comedies such as Kind Hearts and Coronets.

Cast In Alphabetical Order
Aubrey Mallalieu as Magistrate Charles Victor as 'Safety' Wilson Claude Hulbert as Claude Babbington Derna Hazell as Gloria Eddie Phillips as 'Basher' Blake Ernest Thesiger as Ferris G.H. Mulcaster as Dr Scudamore Gibb McLaughlin as Butler Laurence Hanray as Sir Norman Leslie Harcourt as Barman Lloyd Pearson as Colonel Chudleigh Maudie Edwards as Ethel 'Aladdin' Redfern Mervyn Johns as Grimshaw Ronald Shiner as Man in Wilson's Bar Will Hay as William Fitch
Directed by Basil Dearden & Will Hay Produced by Michael Balcon Written By John Dighton & Angus MacPhail Running time 74 minutes Released 1943

Synopsis Taken From DVD Cover ©2009 Optimum Releasing Ltd.

Film Images ©1943 CANAL+ IMAGE UK LTD.

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