My Learned Friend (1943) DVD Black and white Approx. 71 min. (Shown in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio). Beautifully remastered print (picture and sound)
Starring: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Mervyn Johns, Laurence Hanray, Aubrey Mallalieu Screenplay by Angus MacPhail and John Dighton Directed by Basil Dearden and Will Hay. From Ealing Studios
William Fitch (Will Hay, in his last film) is a disbarred barrister now summoned to court to face charges of sending begging letters. Falling back on his legal skills, Fitch manages to make mincemeat of the cross-examining lawyer, Claude Bobbington (Claude Hulbert), and is found not guilty. However, this lucky streak does not last for long; a madman Fitch helped put in prison years earlier has now escaped and is out for revenge. Fitch turns to Claude for help, but the pair fail to convince the constabulary that there is a real threat to Fitch's life and are forced to track down the convict themselves.
“Angus MacPhail and John Dighton have written a wealth of craziness into this screen play which emerges as a farce in the best and most violent tradition.” – DVD Users Guide