A brand new 75th anniversary edition of classic Will Hay comedy THE GOOSE STEPS OUT is out now on Blu-Ray and DVD courtesy of STUDIOCANAL. Available fully uncut for the first time here in the UK, this Vintage Classics release has been restored and offers an array of exciting bonus content for Will Hay fans including a new interview with his biographer Graham Rinaldi.
Inept schoolmaster William Potts (Will Hay: Oh, Mr Porter!, The Black Sheep of Whitehall) is mistaken for a Nazi spy by British Intelligence. When the real spy is captured, Potts is sent to Germany in his place to intercept plans for a new Nazi secret weapon being thought up by inebriate Professor Hoffman (Frank Pettingell: The Remarkable Mr Kipps). Upon his arrival Potts takes charge of a group of trainee spies and, in his own unorthodox fashion, teaches them the manners and customs of the British. Among the young spies are three pro-British Austrians (Charles Hawtrey: Carry On Films, Peter Ustinov: Poirot: Death on the Nile & Barry Morse: The Fugitive TV series), who question Potts’s true motives yet manage to keep him out of trouble and assist his escape.
Will Hay is one of Britain’s best loved comedic actors whose work traversed film, radio (he was the first comedian to broadcast across the airwaves int the UK) and the Music Halls. As well as The Goose Steps Out, Hay made a number of films with Ealing Studios including The Ghost of St Michael’s (1941), The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942) and My Learned Friend (1943), the latter two withThe Goose Steps Out, he co-directed alongside Basil Dearden. It is also considered that Hay paved the way for future Ealing comedies such as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and The Lady Killers (1955), both starring the great Alec Guinness. On radio, Hay had his own BBC show under the pseudonym of Dr. Muffin – a character based on his early comedy sketches as the inept schoolmaster for which was most famous. Outside of his career Hay’s main passions in life were Astronomy and Aviation. Hay discovered a spot on Saturn from his observatory in Norbury in 1933 which made headlines across the world. He was also a member of the Astronomical Society and had his own book published entitled ‘Through My Telescope’. Hay built a glider at the age of 20 and flew aeroplanes from the mid 1920s to 1930s and is considered a major pioneer in aviation.
– New Interview with Will Hay biographer, Graham Rinaldi
– Go to Blazes – Will Hay short film
– BBC Radio 3 The Essay: British Film Comedians – Will Hay Audio Featurette by Simon Heffer
THE GOOSE STEPS OUT is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content: www.facebook.com/vintageclassicsfilm