February 22, 2017


Windbag the Sailor – 1936 | 85 mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Windbag the Sailor

Will Hay stars as bogus sea captain Ben Cutlet, Ben is filled with hot air and is often found in his sisters bar telling the regulars tall tales about his fictitious sea adventures. Ben’s only real experience is at the helm of a small barge on the canals, but his bragging back-fires when a wealthy ship owner hires him to take command of a vessel, the ‘Rob Roy’, which unknown to Ben, is to be scuttled by its shady crew as part of an insurance scam.

The crew mutiny and Ben escapes on a raft along with two stowaways (Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt) to an island inhabited by cannibals. The natives are frightened into friendliness by a radio set which washed ashore with the trio, the natives believe the ‘Voice in Box’ to be a god and help Ben recapture his ship from the crooked crew. Their efforts to sink the Rob Roy had proved unsuccessful, and Ben sails home triumphantly, finally proving his worth as a seaman.

Production Team

William Beaudine: Director
Alex Vetchinsky: Art Direction
A Cox: Art Direction
Jack E Cox: Cinematography
Terence Fisher: Editing
RE Dearing: Editing
Louis Levy: Music Direction
Michael Balcon: Producer
Robert Stevenson: Script
Will Hay: Script
Marriott Edgar: Script
Stafford Dickens: Script
Leslie Arliss: Script
George Burgess: Sound Department


Will Hay: Captain Ben Cutlet
Moore Marriott: Jeremiah Harbottle
Graham Moffatt: Albert
Norma Varden: Olivia Potter-Porter
Kenneth Warrington: Yates
Dennis Wyndham: Maryatt
Amy Veness: Emma Harbottle

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