Where There's a Will (1936 film)

Where There's a Will is a 1936 British comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Hay, Graham Moffatt and Norma Varden. It features an incompetent solicitor who unwittingly becomes party to a bank robbery.

Where There's a Will
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byRobert Edmunds
Will Hay
William Beaudine
Leslie Arliss (story)
StarringWill Hay
H. F. Maltby
Graham Moffatt
Norma Varden
Music byBretton Byrd
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byTerence Fisher
Distributed byGainsborough Pictures
Release date
10 August 1936
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film marked the first appearance of Graham Moffatt in a Will Hay film. Moffatt acted as a straight man to Hay, along with Moore Marriott, beginning in the film Windbag the Sailor.

Plot outline

Will Hay plays the penniless, bungling solicitor Benjamin Stubbins, who arrives at his office to find his insolent office boy (Graham Moffatt) with his feet up on the desk, reading a wild west magazine, which Hay confiscates so that he can read it later.

Stubbins later takes a job from a group of Americans who claim they want him to track down some ancestors of theirs in Scotland. In reality, however, they want to use his office so they can rob a safe in the room immediately below his office. Stubbins takes the job (which is designed to keep him out of the office).

In the end Stubbins realises his mistake and at a Christmas Eve fancy dress party he informs a group of carol singing policeman about the Americans’ nefarious activities.


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