February 27, 2017


Spare a Copper – 1940 | 77 mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Spare a Copper

Spare a Copper stars George Formby as a Merseyside special constable on the trail of Nazi saboteurs attempting to destroy the battleship Hercules on her first journey, with a pompous theatre owner and a shipyard managing director’s assistant as fifth columnists. The notion of unsuspected German spies in respectable positions was to recur in more serious Ealing films such as The Foreman Went to France and Went the Day Well? These comedy films were judged as very good for public morale at the time while delivering an important message.

ExtractŠ George Perry: Forever Ealing.

Production Team

John Paddy Carstairs: Director
Wilfred Shingleton: Art Direction
Basil Dearden: Associate Producer
Bryan Langley: Cinematography
Ray Pitt: Editing
Louis Levy: Music
Michael Balcon: Producer
Austin Melford: Script
Basil Dearden: Script
Roger Macdougall: Script


George Formby: George
Dorothy Hysen: Jane
Bernard Lee: Jake
John Warwick: Shaw
George Merritt: Brewster
John Turnbull: Insp Richards
Jack Melford: Dame

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