Those Were The Days. Brutus Posket (Will Hay). Copyright: Associated British Picture Corporation.

Those Were The Days

1934 British comedy film farce of comic deception. Stars Will Hay, Iris Hoey, Angela Baddeley, Claude Allister, George Graves and others.

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

Adapted from Arthur Pinero's relentlessly popular stage farce The Magistrate, Those Were The Days was a perfect early vehicle for the comedic brilliance of Will Hay.

Hay's feature-length debut is a typically entertaining study of the upstanding but ineffectual magistrate, Mr Poskett, while a youthful John Mills is the 20-year-old stepson who must pretend to be 15 to preserve the secret of his mother's falsified age; Angela Baddeley and veteran character-comedians Claude Allister, H.F. Maltby and George Graves are among an impressive supporting cast.

Presented in a brand-new digital transfer from the original film elements, this rare cinematic gem - directed by former variety star Thomas Bentley - notably includes a wonderful evocation of the atmosphere of a 1890s music hall, with Lily Morris and Harry Bedford among a number of leading acts featured.

First released: Monday 9th June 2014


  • Image gallery
  • Original script PDF
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 77
  • Catalogue: 7954097

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