Gasbags is a 1941 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and Marcel Varnel and starring The Crazy Gang.[1] The film was a morale-booster in the early part of the war.[2]

Opening title
Directed byWalter Forde
Marcel Varnel
Produced byEdward Black
Written byMarriott Edgar (writer)
Val Guest (writer)
StarringSee below
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
1 February 1941
Running time
77 minutes

Plot summary

The film brims with British comedy talent of the period. The Crazy Gang’s mobile fish and chip shop is tethered to a barrage balloon which lifts the shop into the air and the gang is carried to Nazi Germany. They are captured but break out of prison, impersonate Adolf Hitler and return to England in a stolen secret weapon.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "An exhilarating comedy";[3] while the Radio Times called it "the best film ever made by the Crazy Gang...Director Marcel Varnel has just the right surreal touch to make it work and leave audiences laughing."[2]



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