The Goose Steps Out (1942)





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Future action-film expert Basil Dearden cut his directorial teeth on The Goose Steps Out, a wartime espionage comedy. The star (and co-director) is Will Hay, a major British comedian of the era whose stock in trade was playing pompous, inefficient schoolmasters. This time Hay and his confederates cross the path of a gang of Nazi spies, operating covertly in London. Using his wits (such as they are), Hay collars the Nazis and preserves the Empire. The popularity of Will Hay did not extend to American audiences, who couldn't see anything funny in such a pathetic character, but The Goose Steps Out was a big moneyspinner in Britain. The film also served as the screen debut of 20-year-old Peter Ustinov.
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Will Hay
as William Potts / Muller
Leslie Dwyer
as German Soldier on Train (uncredited)
Frank Pettingell
as Prof. Hoffman
Julien Mitchell
as Gen. Von Glotz
Anne Firth
as Lena
Raymond Lovell
as Schmidt
Lawrence O'Madden
as Col. Truscott
Peter Ustinov
as Krauss
Victor Weske
as SS Officer on train
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