Ask a Policeman (1939)


The gang portrayed here is some sort of a triangulation among the Marxes, Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. We love theatrical movie ineptness, especially in policemen and politicians. Especially if the characters are Brits. And this is true it seems even if the audience is British.

The form has fallen by the wayside now as modern audiences demand more layers in their narratives. So you’ll have to watch this as if it were more of a TeeVee show: a story that exists only to sustain the situation and some jokes. Pretty good jokes, very very precise timing and studied reactions.

Unfortunately, we need a fuller competence in our ineptness. So we still watch L&H, Stooges and Marxes, but not Hay and company.

Posted in 2023 (a comment deleted from IMDB originally about 2005)

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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