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Those Were the Days (1934 film)

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Those Were the Days
Directed byThomas Bentley
Written by
Based onThe Magistrate
by Arthur Wing Pinero
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Music byIdris Lewis
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
28 March 1934
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Those Were the Days is a 1934 British comedy film directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Will Hay, Iris Hoey and John Mills. It was based on Arthur Wing Pinero's 1885 farce The Magistrate and was the first of two Hay movies based on Pinero's plays, the other being Dandy Dick. The film also features music hall acts of the time[1] – acts of a type rarely committed to film. It is primarily remembered as Will Hay's first major screen role.[2]

The film was produced and released by British International Pictures and was shot at the company's Elstree Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director Duncan Sutherland.

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Plot summary

The strait-laced magistrate Brutus Poskett (Will Hay) is concerned that his wife (Iris Hoey) may be older than he believes her to be, especially as his young stepson (John Mills) seems very precocious for an apparently fifteen-year-old boy.

Mrs Poskett tries to stop an impending visit from her first husband's friend (Claud Allister), who knows her true age, by confronting him at a local music hall. However, unbeknown to her, Poskett has also been persuaded to go to the music hall with his "adolescent" stepson and, in an ensuing melée Poskett's wife and her sister are arrested.

The following day, Poskett sentences both to seven days imprisonment, failing to recognise them as they are heavily veiled.



  1. ^ The film features the music hall acts of Lily Morris, Harry Bedford, the gymnasts Gaston & Andree, Sam Curtis and Frank Boston & Betty, together with a blackface performer erroneously claimed to be G. H. Elliott.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Hay, Will (1888-1949) Credits".

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