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Camera Interview -: Will Hay


Series Name
Eve And Everybody’s Film Review


Issue No.
Date Released
22 Mar 1928
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Daffodils
  2. 2(Untitled record)
  3. 3Camera Interview -: Will Hay
  4. 4(Untitled record)


Story No. within this Issue
3 / 4
Section Title
Camera Interview -
NoS Summary - Will Hay the schoolmaster laughter-maker is interviewed.
British Pathe synopsis: "Will Hay - the Schoolmaster laughter-maker at the recent Command Performance." "When the cat’s away the mice will play - "A young schoolboy stands at a blackboard and draws an unflattering cartoon of his teacher. The boy wears a mortar board. An old man gets up from a school desk and laughs about it. The boy then puts some ink on the cloth that the teacher will use to clean the board. The two sit together at their desks. Will Hay stands at the board in his teacher’s outfit. (The board is now clean). He begins to write something on the board. It is illegible until he turns the board upside down to reveal that it says: "Silence in this school." Will Hay wipes his face with the blackboard duster, getting ink all over his face. The boy puts his hand up to ask or answer a question. He then opens the classroom door to reveal a woman waiting outside. She comes into the class. C/U of Hay looking like a madman with ink all over his chops and a small pair of pince-nez on the tip of his nose, he speaks obsequiously to the woman. C/U of her putting her hand up to her face as she laughs. He looks annoyed, she laughs uproariously, as do the two pupils. She laughs and points at his face. He looks in the mirror and gets very cross. He grabs the boy, throws him over the desk and gives him a good caning!
Performing arts
Written sources
Kinematograph Weekly   29 March 1928 p57.
The Bioscope   29 March 1928 p54.
Pathe Inventory File   Tin No.94
British Pathe Database 1997   Reference No.EP094 Used for synopsis
D. Gifford ‘Entertainers in British Films’ (Westport, 1998)   p112.
National Film Archive Catalogue
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