Adapted from Arthur Pinero's relentlessly popular stage farce The Magistrate Those Were the Days was a perfect early vehicle for the comedic brilliance of Will Hay. Hay's feature-length debut is a typically entertaining study of the upstanding but ineffectual magistrate Mr Poskett while a youthful John Mills is the 20-year-old stepson who must pretend to be 15 to preserve the secret of his mother's falsified age; Angela Baddeley and veteran character-comedians Claude Allister H.F. Maltby and George Graves are among an impressive supporting cast. Presented in... a brand-new digital transfer from the original film elements this rare cinematic gem - directed by former variety star Thomas Bentley - notably includes a wonderful evocation of the atmosphere of a 1890s music hall with Lily Morris and Harry Bedford among a number of leading acts featured. Special Features: Image Gallery Original Script PDF [show more]
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Magistrate Brutus Poskett (Will Hay) believes that his stepson Bobby (John Mills) is a clean-living 15-year-old... when in fact he is 21 and enjoys leading the life of Riley! Brutus has his eyes opened when Bobby takes him to a music hall, unaware that his mother - Brutus' wife - is also there, out for an excursion with an old friend who might just let Bobby's secret out of the bag!