Windbag the Sailor

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Windbag the Sailor
Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by Stafford Dickens
George Edgar
Marriott Edgar
Will Hay
Starring Will Hay
Moore Marriott
Graham Moffatt
Music by Charles Williams
Cinematography Jack E. Cox
Edited by R.E. Dearing
Terence Fisher
Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Release date
December 1936
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Windbag the Sailor (1936) is a British comedy film directed by William Beaudine, starring Will Hay in the title role. The film marked the first appearance of Hay with Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott acting as his straight men, however both Moffatt and Marriott had previously acted in films starring Hay prior to this, in Dandy Dick and Where There's a Will, respectively.


Ben Cutlet (Will Hay) is a retired barge captain who entertains his bar room audience with tales of his alleged days at sea, although his maritime experience extends no further than navigating a coal barge. His tall tales catch him out when he is conned into commanding the unseaworthy Rob Roy to the West Indies by a gang of criminals who mean to scuttle the ship for the insurance money. Cutlet gets the upper hand however when he and his companions fall in with West Indian natives who mistake their radio set for a god.


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