Good Morning, Boys

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Good Morning, Boys
"Good Morning Boys" (1937).jpg
Directed by Marcel Varnel
Produced by Edward Black
Written by Leslie Arliss
Marriott Edgar
Starring Will Hay
Graham Moffatt
Music by Louis Levy
Cinematography Arthur Crabtree
Edited by R.E. Dearing
Alfred Roome
Distributed by Gaumont British Distributors
Release date
  • January 1937 (1937-01)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Good Morning, Boys is a 1937 British comedy film directed by Marcel Varnel and featuring Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Martita Hunt, Lilli Palmer and Peter Gawthorne. It was made at the Gainsborough Studios in Islington.[1]

The film marked the first appearance of both Peter Gawthorne and Charles Hawtrey in a Will Hay film, both of whom would go onto act as straight men to Hay in his future films.


Will Hay plays the roguish headmaster, Dr Twist, of a dubious boarding school for boys. Twist bets on the horses with his pupils and teaches them little. Colonel Willoughby-Gore attempts to sack the incompetent Twist but is foiled when he and his boys, after fraudulently gaining resounding success in a French examination, are invited to Paris by the French ministry of education.

In Paris they become involved with a gang of criminals, including escaped convict Arty Jones, father of one of the boys, and Yvette, a night club singer, who are attempting to steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and replace it with a duplicate.


Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "the magnificent Will Hay re-creates his vaudeville characterization of a supercilious schoolmaster...But the inimitable, toothless Moore Marriott (aka "Harbottle") is conspicuous by his absence." [2]



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

External links[edit]