My Learned Friend (1943)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Black Comedy  |   Release Date - May 31, 1943 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Will Hay, he of the pince-nez, outraged sniff, and overall demeanor of dignified incompetence, stars in (and codirects) another of his popular British comedies. In My Learned Friend, Hay is a seedy lawyer, one of several people targeted for death by a vengeful escaped convict. As the criminal's victims pile up, Hay can't help but feel a bit insecure. When he ends up the only survivor on the list, Hay begins to really worry. A slapstick climax on the clock-face of Big Ben caps this rapid-fire comedy of murders. Released in 1943, My Learned Friend was Will Hay's final film; he died of a lingering illness in 1949.

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lawyer, escaped-convict, murder, target [object of attack], survivor