Off The Dole. John Willie (George Formby).

Off The Dole

1935 British comedy film about a detective. Stars George Formby, Dan Young, Constance Shotter, Clifford McLaglen, Beryl Formby and others.

Off The Dole

Long-time dole claimant John Willie is forced to find work, and is quickly hired as a private detective

John E. Blakeley and Arthur Mertz
George Formby, Dan Young, Constance Shotter, Clifford McLaglen, Beryl Formby, Tully Comber, Wally Patch, Stan Pell and others
John E. Blakeley and Arthur Mertz
Arthur Mertz
John E. Blakeley

After four years on the dole, the Labour Exchange has cut off layabout John Willie, forcing him to seek gainful employment at long last.

No sooner has he got home and broken the news to his mother, however, than his uncle - a private detective - arrives and announces he is required to go overseas and must find someone to keep his investigative firm operative in his absence...

As he sets to work in his new line of business, John finds himself in a variety of environs, meeting a wide assortment of peculiar characters, whilst working for his clients. From a schoolroom to a nudist colony and his own office, there are plenty of adventures in store.

Production Details

UK certificate
78 minutes
Release date
Monday 1st July 1935
Production company
Also known as
  • Off The Dole! (Other official name)
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 3:20am on TPTV

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