Taken from IMDB: Set in London during World War II Blitz period, the story sees Askey & Murdoch as a couple of variety entertainers who find themselves out of work. In desperate need of money to put on a show, the pair dress up as house servants (Murdoch a servant and Askey in drag as a cook) and bluff their way into the home of Lady Randall, an ex-music hall star known to give financial aid to performers in the arts close to her heart. However, chaos reigns.
October 3, 2012 Subject:
This is the kind of thing movie producers in Britain made to keep the British from dwelling upon how badly the war with Germany was going. It is farcical comedy that sees some of England’s most popular comedians of the day. Featuring Arthur Askey with Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt, who backed Will Hay in so many comedies of the 1930’s. Also appearing are the then well known American troupe consisting of Charlie Forsythe, Addie Seamon, and Eleanor Farrell.
The story opens with our hero (Arthur Askey) sleeping in the “tube” (London’s underground railway) because of the bombing of London by the Germans.
He and his cohort (Richard "Stinker" Murdoch) impersonate a cook and a footman in the hope of securing a financial backer from the Lady of the house (played by Lily Morris) for their company of performing artists. They are hired and whilst the Lady of the home goes on holiday, they are left to attend to her anything but well mannered father. Between fighting with the cook next door and her boyfriend, they manage to all but destroy the home.
The movie doesn’t have the same punch with modern audiences since English culture of 1941 is a bit distant today, but the movie does have its moments.
Fair warning, this movie won’t likely be as entertaining to Americans in the 21st century as it was to Brits in the 1940’s. I enjoyed it moderately but I am easy to moderately entertain.