|Directed by||Michael Powell|
|Produced by||Julius Hagen|
|Written by||Ernest Denny (play)
|Music by||W.L. Trytel|
|Edited by||Frank Harris
|Distributed by||Radio Pictures|
|24 June, 1935|
Sir Reginald Ford (Ian Hunter), known as "Lazybones", is an idle baronet. He hasn't a care in the world, although he doesn't have any money either. His brother and sister introduce him to Kitty McCarthy (Claire Luce), an American heiress, in the hope that he'll marry her and so gain access to her fortune which will help out his family.
Kitty's cousin Mike (Bernard Nedell) and brings Kitty the bad news that she's lost her fortune. Mike is hoping to grab the maps for some Arabian oil fields that are being kept in the house. They are being guarded by two detectives and everybody chasing everybody else whilst trying to get the plans makes an amusing sub-plot.
Back in the main story line, Reginald has discovered that he loves Kitty for herself and doesn't care about her not having a fortune. So they get married, despite the warnings from a pessimistic passer-by who they call in as a witness. Neither of them are broke, but it takes a lot to run the old family pile. Kitty has bought a pub and Reginald and Kitty have some fun serving the regulars there.
Back at the family seat Reginald has found a way to make money from all the other idle members of the English aristocracy. He sets up a "Home for the Idle Wealthy" and they come to stay (for a fee) and act as butler, gardener, chauffeur etc.
This was made at a time when the studios used to work through the night and the leading actors were both in plays in London. So after their evening performance they would come out to Twickenham to shoot their parts. And the film was about someone who's meant to be idle!
- Claire Luce as Kitty McCarthy
- Ian Hunter as Sir Reginald Ford
- Sara Allgood as Bridget
- Bernard Nedell as Mike McCarthy
- Michael Shepley as Hildebrand Pope
- Bobbie Comber as Kemp
- Denys Blakelock as Hugh Ford
- Mary Gaskell as Marjory Ford
- Pamela Carne as Lottie Pope
- Harold Warrender as Lord Melton
- Miles Malleson as Pessimist
- Fred Withers as Richards
- Frank Morgan as Tom
- Fewlass Llewellyn as Lord Brockley
- Paul Blake as Viscount Woodland
- Lazybones at the Internet Movie Database
- Lazybones at AllMovie
- Lazybones at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Lazybones reviews and articles at the Powell & Pressburger Pages