Mr. Bill the Conqueror (1932)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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It hardly needs saying that Mr. Bill the Conqueror does not star the little clay puppet immortalized on TV's Saturday Night Live. This British quota quickie unfolds the tale of a lazy young aristocrat, played by Henry Kendall, who suddenly finds himself penniless. Relocating to a village where William the Conqueror once passed through, and taking into consideration that his own name is Bill, our hero sets about to "conquer" this little patch of England through the simple expedient of good, honest hard work. He falls in love with local girl Heather Angel, but nearly forgets all about her -- and his resolve to make good on his own -- when he succumbs to the charms of wealthy socialite Nora Swinburne. Moore Marriott, later a fixture of the Will Hay comedies, offers a dry run of his familiar, toothless "Harbottle" characterization.