The Goose Steps Out. William Potts (Will Hay). Copyright: Ealing Studios / Studio Canal.

The Goose Steps Out

1942 British comedy film about a bumbling British spy in Nazi Germany. Stars Will Hay, Frank Pettingell, Julien Mitchell, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft and others.

The Goose Steps Out. Image shows from L to R: William Potts (Will Hay), Prof. Hoffman (Frank Pettingell). Copyright: Ealing Studios / Studio Canal.

The Goose Steps Out

Wartime comedy starring Will Hay. Teacher William Potts goes undercover at a German spy training school

Genre
Film
Released
1942
Creators
Bernard Miles and Reg Groves
Starring
Will Hay, Frank Pettingell, Julien Mitchell, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft, Anne Firth, Leslie Harcourt, Jeremy Hawk and others
Writers
Angus MacPhail and John Dighton
Directors
Basil Dearden and Will Hay
Producer
Michael Balcon

William Potts (Will Hay) is a hapless, clumsy schoolteacher who just happens to be identical body double for a notorious German Nazi general. When the army are made aware of the uncanny resemblance to the German, who they are currently holding prisoner, they decided to drop the reluctant Mr Potts behind enemy lines.

His deadly mission is to find and retrieve information on a secret weapon that the Germans are planning to use. But whilst impersonating the Nazi general Potts manages to infiltrate the Hitler Youth. He also manages to make a big impression on the students who are being trained as spies and learning how to fit into British society. Luckily Mr Potts is at hand to give them lots of handy hints in honour of the war effort.

Production Details

Tagline
Pokes fun at the Hun!
UK certificate
U
Duration
75 minutes
Release date
August 1942
Produced
Winter 1941 - 1942
Distributor

Associated British Film Distribution

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Soundtrack
Music by Bretton Byrd.
Laugh track
None

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Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 16th December 2018 at 1:40pm on TPTV

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