Pack Up Your Troubles (1940 film)

Pack Up Your Troubles is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Reginald Purdell, Wylie Watson and Patricia Roc.[1][2][3] It takes its name from the First World War marching song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag".[4]

Pack Up Your Troubles
Directed byOswald Mitchell
Produced byF.W. Baker
Written byMilton Hayward
Reginald Purdell
Con West
StarringReginald Purdell
Wylie Watson
Patricia Roc
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • February 1940 (1940-02) (UK)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Garage owner Tommy (Reginald Purdell) and ventriloquist friend Eric (Wylie Watson) join the army and travel to France, where they are captured by the Nazis. However, Eric's voice-throwing skills come in handy in engineering their escape and in obtaining top secret information.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it a "Lightweight comedy worth watching for Purdell's and Watson's nice comic performances."[5] and Sky Cinema similarly approved of the pair, "They're pretty funny together," though considered the plot "routine," but found compensation in "a very young and pretty Patricia Roc and some good old music-hall songs include Roll Out the Barrel, Pack Up Your Troubles and Goodbye Sally," concluding that the film was "Cheerful nonsense."[6]



  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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