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Hey! Hey! U.S.A! (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 December 1938 (UK)
Dr Twist has to pose on a liner as a famous professor and is asked to tutor Bernie, the son of a millionaire. To avoid awkward US immigration questions, Twist enlists the help of a gangster... See full summary »

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Marcel Varnel

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Marriott Edgar (additional dialogue), Val Guest (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Will Hay ... Dr. Benjamin Twist
Edgar Kennedy ... Bugs Leary
David Burns ... Tony Ricardo
Edmon Ryan ... Ace Marco
Fred Duprez Fred Duprez ... Cyrus Schultz
Paddy Reynolds Paddy Reynolds ... Mrs. Schultz
Tommy Bupp ... Bertie Schultz
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Henry 'Gloves' Johnson
Gibb McLaughlin ... Ship's Steward
Charlie Hall ... Leary's pal
Eddie Pola Eddie Pola ... Broadcast Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Madden ... Man looking for his dog
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Dr Twist has to pose on a liner as a famous professor and is asked to tutor Bernie, the son of a millionaire. To avoid awkward US immigration questions, Twist enlists the help of a gangster to smuggle him into the country. But two rival gangs plan to kidnap Bernie - and Twist becomes, er, twisted up! Written by Anonymous

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kidnapping | ransom | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1938 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The ship featured in this film is the trans-Atlantic liner 'Britannic'. Entering service in 1930, and making her final voyage from New York in 1960, she was the last ship to carry the colours of the White Star Line - the company which owned the 'Titanic'. See more »

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A Fine Old English Gentleman
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Hey! Hay's in the US
11 July 2016 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Will Hay was a late-blooming British film comedian of the 1930s and early 1940s. His style was a rapid-fire delivery that was very good. But, with his English accent and occasional slang of a place and time, it made following his dialog difficult at times for English speakers on this side of the pond.

In this film, Hay heads to America, but not by choice in the plot. I'm sure the whole thing was filmed at Islington studios in England, save for the ocean scenes and panorama of New York City. As with most of the plots of the films Hay made, this one is far-fetched and quite silly. But, silliness of plots is often a big part of comedy. And, in this one, the story is a real hoot. The few other reviewers to this time didn't think much of this film, but I think it has some very funny scenes and situations. And, the supporting cast add considerably to the humor.

Arthur Goullet is especially good as Henry "Gloves" Johnson. The scenes are very good in which Johnson shows frustration with his buddy, Dr. Benjamin Twist (played by Hay). Johnson calls him "baldy," and when Hay's character wrongly construes things that Johnson says or does, Johnson shows great angst with some very funny facial contortions.

This is an amusing and fun movie that most people should enjoy.


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