A demonstration for an important event involves the raising of a balloon barrage. However, one balloon does not move, and when it is discovered that it belongs to "The Crazy Gang", they are instructed to release it at once. This they do, but a sudden gust of wind means that not only does the balloon take off, but it takes the gang with it! Their journey ends when they land on the Western Front and are taken to a P.O.W. camp. There they meet a prisoner who knows of plans for a secret German weapon and the gang decide they must act immediately! Made in 1940, just after the outbreak of war, The Crazy Gang take every opportunity to help the war effort by making Britain laugh! A barrage balloon fish and chip shop, pratfall acrobatics and the dodgy humour for which these Music Hall legends were renowned all come together in this Gainsborough comedy which has lost none of its sparkle. NOTE: The currently available UK DVD and the DVD case covers both give copyright date of 1940. IMDb and Wikipedia both say 1941. There is no copyright date on the film itself.

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Gasbags (1941)

War/Adventure/Comedy · 1h 13m

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A demonstration for an important event involves the raising of a balloon barrage. However, one balloon does not move, and when it is discovered that it belongs to "The Crazy Gang", they are instructed to release it at once. This they do, but a sudden gust of wind means that not only does the balloon take off, but it takes the gang with it! Their journey ends when they land on the Western Front and are taken to a P.O.W. camp. There they meet a prisoner who knows of plans for a secret German weapon and the gang decide they must act immediately! Made in 1940, just after the outbreak of war, The Crazy Gang take every opportunity to help the war effort by making Britain laugh! A barrage balloon fish and chip shop, pratfall acrobatics and the dodgy humour for which these Music Hall legends were renowned all come together in this Gainsborough comedy which has lost none of its sparkle. NOTE: The currently available UK DVD and the DVD case covers both give copyright date of 1940. IMDb and Wikipedia both say 1941. There is no copyright date on the film itself.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Company

Gainsborough Films
Cast
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Bud Flanagan

Bud
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Chesney Allen

Ches
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Jimmy Nervo

Cecil
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Teddy Knox

Teddy
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Charlie Naughton

Charlie
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Jimmy Gold

Jimmy
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Moore Marriott

Jerry Jenkins
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Wally Patch

Sergeant-Major
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Peter Gawthorne

Commanding Officer
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Frederick Valk

Sturmfuehrer
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Eric Clavering

Scharffuehrer
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Anthony Eustrel

Gestapo Officer
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Carl Jaffe

Gestapo Chief
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Manning Whiley

O.P. Colonel
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Torin Thatcher

SS Man
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Irene Handl

Burgomaster's wife
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Felicity Andrae

Baroness
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Rolf Brandt

Orderly
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Richard Morrell

O.P. 1st Lieutenant
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Gerald Cooper

Gen. Rathaus (uncredited)
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Rowland Douglas

Head Waiter (uncredited)
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Frank Henderson

Steward (uncredited)
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James Knight

German Major (uncredited)
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Henry B. Longhurst

Woodcutter (uncredited)
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John Lothar

Sergeant in Forest (uncredited)
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George Merritt

German General (uncredited)
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Pat Noonan

Woodcutter (uncredited)
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Gerik Schjelderup

O.P. Sentry (uncredited)
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Leonard Sharp

Chip Shop Customer (uncredited)
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Mavis Villiers

American Girl (uncredited)
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Theodore Zichy

2nd in Command (uncredited)
Crew
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Walter Forde

Director
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Marcel Varnel

Director
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Val Valentine

Writer
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Marriott Edgar

Writer
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Val Guest

Writer
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