Where There’s A Will (1936)

Will Hay-Graham Moffatt

Will Hay-Graham Moffatt

More fun with top comic Will Hay. This time he’s lawyer Benjamin Stubbins. Sometime co-star Graham Moffatt has a cameo as Willie the office boy.

Benjamin Stubbins is a lawyer without clients. His utilities have been turned off and his office boy Willie has his feet on the desk reading Wild West Stories magazine. His daughter Barbara lives with her uncle Sir Roger Wimpleton in his mansion with his wife Lady Margaret. Roger doesn’t like Stubbins and tries to keep him away except on special occasions. It’s Barbara’s birthday and Stubbins is on his way. Roger keeps the fact that Stubbins is down and out from Barbara.

It doesn’t take long for Stubbins to get the butler and himself drunk. Roger fires the butler and Stubbins gets out before Barbara can see him loaded.

Meanwhile at a London hotel a gang of crooks including Americans Duke Wilson and his moll Goldie Kelly are planning a bank robbery. The bank is under Stubbins office. They make up a story about Goldie’s ancestors in Scotland to get access to the office. Arriving at the hotel are Roger, Margaret and Barbara. Eventually Barbara spots Stubbins going into Duke’s suite and they join him. That works for Duke because he and the gang can use the office to break through the floor and drop into the bank.

Their plans are almost ruined when Stubbins returns to get a birthday present he had in the office staff for Barbara. Stubbins falls through the hole in the floor and is shocked that they’re robbing the bank. He closes the safe door in an attempt to stop them. That gets him hit over the head.

The next day Stubbins sees Duke counting the money. He says he’s going to the police. Duke shows him a newspaper with the story of the robbery. It says they have fingerprints from the safe. They’re Stubbins. In the hotel dining room Goldie flirts with Roger and they end up clubbing. Roger is having a combination masquerade and Christmas party. Lots of guests with lots of jewelery. It all comes ot a slapstick ending.

This isn’t Hay’s funniest movie. My favorite is “Good Morning Boys!” (1937).  Still this is worth checking out because Hay is fun and so is Moffatt.

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