Columnist and historian Simon Heffer discusses the life and work of British comic actor Will Hay, considered to be the greatest comic actor in films of the 1930s and 1940s.
A further chance to hear the columnist and historian Simon Heffer's Essays celebrating comic film actors of early British film.
1. Will Hay, by popular consent the greatest comic actor in films of the 1930s and '40s.
With films such as Oh! Mr Porter, Boys Will Be Boys and The Goose Steps Out, Will Hay was, by popular consent, the greatest comic actor in films of the 1930s and '40s.
Simon Heffer traces the rise to fame of this music hall star, who became best known for his anti-authoritarian roles, whether playing a policeman, a fireman, a stationmaster, a barrister, a professor, or - perhaps most famously - an incompetent and morally dubious schoolmaster.
Producer : Beaty Rubens.
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