Poor Old Bill

Poor Old Bill is a 1931 British comedy film directed by Monty Banks and starring Leslie Fuller, Iris Ashley and Syd Courtenay.[2] It marked the film debut of a very young Peter Lawford, playing the child of the main character, Bill (Leslie Fuller).[3]

Poor Old Bill
Directed byMonty Banks
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
Screenplay byVal Valentine
Based onan original story by Lola Harvey
& Syd Courtenay
StarringLeslie Fuller
Iris Ashley
Syd Courtenay
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Distributed byWardour Films (UK)
Release date
  • 22 June 1931 (1931-06-22) (UK)
Running time
51 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom


A man sponges off an old comrade from the First World War who believes he has saved his life during the war, although this ultimately proves not to be true.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film one out of four stars, calling it an "Interesting conception for a farce," but concluded that, "Unfortunately, the idea is carried on much too long, stretching what little material there is."[3]



  • Sutton, David R. A chorus of raspberries: British film comedy 1929–1939. University of Exeter Press, 2000.
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