Captain Bill (1941)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Onetime Hollywood silent film producer Joe Rock packed himself off to his native England in the 1930s to make British programmers. Captain Bill is a vehicle for the all-but-forgotten music hall comic Leslie Fuller, who teamed with Rock to put up the money for this minor-league production. The corpulent Fuller plays a bargee (dock worker) who develops a fondness for schoolteacher Kay Strozzi. He helps teacher foil a gang of scuzzy criminals. Directed by Ralph Cedar, best known for his fast-paced second unit work on such American comedies as W.C. Fields' The Bank Dick (40), Captain Bill was filmed in 1935, but not released overseas until six years later.

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dockworker, British, criminal, crush, schoolmistress