The Boys in Blue

The Boys in Blue is a 1982 British comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, Suzanne Danielle and Roy Kinnear.[1] It is loosely based on the 1938 Will Hay film Ask a Policeman, which Guest co-wrote. Some policemen who have failed to make any arrests are threatened with dismissal, and begin to invent crime to justify their existence. It was the final feature film that Guest directed.

The Boys in Blue
UK DVD Cover
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byBrian Fox
Written byVal Guest
StarringTommy Cannon
Bobby Ball
Music byEd Welch
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
91 minutes


Sgt. Cannon (Tommy Cannon) and PC Ball (Bobby Ball) run the police station in the quiet town of Little Botham. When the station is threatened with closure due to a lack of crime, they decide to invent some crimes to justify their existence. When they try to steal a painting from a local rich businessman (Roy Kinnear), they accidentally stumble across a gang of real art thieves who have just stolen £1 million worth of paintings. It is up to the two bungling cops to stop them escaping with their haul.


Filming locations

The film was shot primarily at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England, but many other locations throughout the United Kingdom were used, such as Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Weymouth, Wool, Lulworth Cove, St Albans, Borehamwood and Bushey Heath.[3]


  1. Waterston, Caroline. "Rock on Cannon and Ball". People. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  2. Peter Cowie, ed., International Film Guide 1984 (Tantivy Press, 1983), p. 319
  3. "FILM : Boys in Blue, The". Reel Streets. Retrieved 17 April 2013.

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