February 27, 2017


Jack’s the Boy – 1932 | 90 mins | Comedy | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Jack's the Boy

Jack’s the Boy was a Gainsborough film made at Islington; it was technically pedestrian, and the art direction by Alex Vetchinsky was lacklustre. Despite this, the film was a huge critical and commercial success fore Walter Forde.

In Jack’s the Boy (1932, reissued 1940) the focus of the comedy was the relationship between a distinguished Scotland Yard commissioner father (Peter Gawthorne) and his hapless son Jack (Jack Hulbert), and the way the father frustrates his son’s professional ambitions. Determined to make good and follow in his father’s footsteps, Jack joins the police force and falls for a girl called Ivy (Winifred Shotter). Jack becomes the laughing stock of the force due to his ineptitude, but later he redeems himself by capturing some notorious jewel thieves, aided by Ivy’s old nurse, Mrs Bobday (Cicely Courtineidge), who now runs a Loch Lomond hotel.

Production Team

Walter Forde: Director
Alex Vetchinsky: Art Direction
Leslie Rowson: Cinematography
Ian Dalrymple: Editing
John Goldman: Editing
Vivian Ellis: Original Music
Michael Balcon: Producer
WP Lipscomb: Script
Jack Hulbert): Script


Jack Hulbert: Jack Brown
Cicely Courtneidge: Mrs Bobday
Charles Farrell: Martin
Ben Field: Mr Bobday
Peter Gawthorne: Mr Brown
Francis Lister: Jules Martin
Winifred Shotter: Ivy

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