Windbag the Sailor

Windbag the Sailor is a 1936 British comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Hay. The film marked the first appearance of Hay with Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott acting as his straight men, however both Moffatt and Marriott had previously acted in films starring Hay prior to this, in Dandy Dick and Where There's a Will, respectively.

Windbag the Sailor
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byStafford Dickens
George Edgar
Marriott Edgar
Will Hay
StarringWill Hay
Moore Marriott
Graham Moffatt
Music byCharles Williams
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Terence Fisher
Distributed byGainsborough Pictures
Release date
December 1936
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Ben Cutlet (Will Hay) is a retired barge captain who entertains his bar room audience with tales of his alleged days at sea, although his maritime experience extends no further than navigating a coal barge. His tall tales catch him out when he is conned into commanding the unseaworthy Rob Roy to the West Indies by a gang of criminals who mean to scuttle the ship for the insurance money. Cutlet gets the upper hand however when he and his companions fall in with West Indian natives who mistake their radio set for a god.


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