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Will Hay
WILLIAM THOMSON HAY FRAS (6 December 1888 – 18 April 1949) was an English comedian, actor, author, film director and amateur astronomer who came to notice for his theatrical sketch as a jocular schoolmaster, known as Dr. Muffin. The acts in which Hay performed the schoolmaster sketch became known as "The Fourth Form at St. Michael's". Hay toured with act and appeared in America, Canada, Australia and South Africa. From 1934 to 1943, he was a prolific film star in Britain, and was ranked the third highest grossing star at the British Box Office in 1938, behind George Formby and Gracie Fields
Gracie Fields
. Hay worked with Gainsborough Pictures
Gainsborough Pictures
from 1935 to 1940, during which time he developed a partnership with Graham Moffatt , an insolent overweight schoolboy, and Moore Marriott , a toothless old man. Hay's 1937 film, with Moffatt and Marriott, Oh, Mr
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The Ghost Of St. Michael's
THE GHOST OF ST. MICHAEL’S is a 1941 British comedy -thriller film , produced by Ealing Studios
Ealing Studios
. Hay dropped work with Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott in his previous film, Where\'s That Fire? and brought in Claude Hulbert as his sidekick in this film. Hay and Hulbert would act together again in My Learned Friend
My Learned Friend
two years later. PLOTAn ineffectual science teacher William Lamb ( Will Hay ) is hired by a school recently transferred because of World War II
World War II
to the remote Dunbain Castle on the Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
, Scotland
Scotland

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Fellow Of The Royal Astronomical Society
FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY (FRAS) is a fellowship granted to individuals whose application is approved by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) . FELLOWSHIPAs of 2016 there were around 3,800 Fellows, about half being PhD -level professional scientists; a quarter postgraduate researchers or retired scientists; and the remainder amateur scientists and undergraduates . Around a third of Fellows are based outside the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FRAS. REFERENCES * ^ A B Anon (2015). "Yvonne Elsworth (FRAS) elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)". ras.org.uk. * ^ A B C D Anon (2016). "Membership and fellowship of the Royal Astronomical Society". ras.org.uk. London. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fellow_of_the_Royal_Astronomical_Society additional terms may apply
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George Formby
GEORGE FORMBY, OBE (born GEORGE HOY BOOTH; 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs , usually playing the ukulele or banjolele , and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer. Born in Wigan
Wigan
, Lancashire
Lancashire
, he was the son of George Formby Sr , from whom he later took his stage name. After an early career as a stable boy and jockey, Formby took to the music hall stage after the early death of his father in 1921. His early performances were taken exclusively from his father's act, including the same songs, jokes and characters. In 1923 he made two career-changing decisions – he purchased a ukulele, and married Beryl Ingham , a fellow performer who became his manager and transformed his act
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Gracie Fields
DAME GRACIE FIELDS, DBE (born GRACE STANSFIELD; 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979) was an English actress, singer and comedian and star of both cinema and music hall . She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri
Capri
, Italy. Fields was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for "services to entertainment" in 1938, and in 1979, seven months before her death, she was invested a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II

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Gainsborough Pictures
GAINSBOROUGH PICTURES was a British film studio based on the south bank of the Regent\'s Canal , in Poole Street, Hoxton
Hoxton
in the former Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch , London
London
. GAINSBOROUGH STUDIOS were active between 1924 and 1951. The company was initially based at Islington Studios which were built as a power station for the Great Northern "> * ^ The plaque reads _ London
London
Borough of Hackney. The Gainsborough Film Studios 1924–1949
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Graham Moffatt
GRAHAM VICTOR HAROLD MOFFATT (6 December 1919 – 2 July 1965) was an English character actor and comedian who was most active in the 1930s and 1940s. He is best known for a number of films where he appeared with Will Hay and Moore Marriott as 'Albert': an insolent, overweight, overgrown-schoolboy type character, loosely reminiscent of Billy Bunter . CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Filmography * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND CAREERBorn in Hammersmith
Hammersmith
, London, the son of Frederick Victor Moffatt (1896-1977) and Daisy Eleonora née Whiteside (1895-1969), both of whom outlived him. He was born on 6 December 1919, exactly 31 years after Will Hay whom Moffatt would become famous starring in movies with. Moffatt had wanted to act from a young age. He had two sisters, one being Rita Doreen Moffatt (1936-1991) and the other living
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Moore Marriott
GEORGE THOMAS MOORE MARRIOTT (14 September 1885 – 11 December 1949 ) was an English character actor best remembered for the series of films he made with Will Hay . His first appearance with Hay was in the film Dandy Dick (1935), but he was a significant supporting performer in Hay's films from 1936 to 1940, and while he starred with Hay during this period he played a character called "Harbottle" that was based on a character Marriott usually played. His character Harbottle was originally created by Hay when he used the character in his "The fourth form at St. Michael's" sketches in the 1920s. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Death * 3 Filmography * 4 References * 5 External links CAREER Marriott being described as the English Lon Cheney in 1928
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Oh, Mr. Porter!
OH, MR PORTER! is a 1937 British comedy film starring Will Hay
Will Hay
with Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt
Graham Moffatt
and directed by Marcel Varnel . While not Hay's most commercially successful (although it grossed £500,000 at the box office - equal to over £30,000,000 in modern-day money), it is probably his best-known film to modern audiences. It is widely acclaimed as the best of Hay's work, and a classic of its genre. The film had its first public showing in November 1937 and went on general release on 3 January 1938. The plot of Oh, Mr Porter was loosely based on the Arnold Ridley play The Ghost Train . The title was taken from Oh! Mr Porter , a music hall song
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The Times
_THE TIMES_ is a British daily (Monday to Saturday) national newspaper based in London, England. It began in 1785 under the title _THE DAILY UNIVERSAL REGISTER_, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. _The Times_ and its sister paper _ The Sunday Times _ (founded in 1821) are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK , itself wholly owned by News Corp
News Corp
. _The Times_ and _The Sunday Times_ do not share editorial staff, were founded independently and have only had common ownership since 1967. In 1959, the historian of journalism Allan Nevins
Allan Nevins
analysed the importance of _The Times_ in shaping the views of events of London's elite: For much more than a century _The Times_ has been an integral and important part of the political structure of Great Britain
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Jimmy Perry
JAMES PERRY, OBE (20 September 1923 – 23 October 2016) was an English actor and scriptwriter, best known for devising and co-writing the BBC
BBC
sitcoms Dad\'s Army (1968–1977), It Ain\'t Half Hot Mum (1974–1981), Hi-De-Hi (1980–1988) and You Rang M\'Lord? (1988–1993), all with David Croft . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Life and career * 2.1 Sitcoms * 2.2 Music and theatre * 3 Personal life and death * 4 Books * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEPerry was born in Barnes , Surrey. His father, Arthur, was an antiques dealer and he was educated at two independent schools, Colet Court and St Paul\'s School , which at the time were both based in Hammersmith in West London (now in Barnes). Not academically inclined, he apprenticed at a furniture store
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Dad's Army
DAD\'S ARMY is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World War . It was written by Jimmy Perry
Jimmy Perry
and David Croft , and broadcast on the BBC from 1968 to 1977. The sitcom ran for nine series and 80 episodes in total; there was also a radio version based on the television scripts, a feature film and a stage show. The series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers, and is still repeated worldwide. The Home Guard consisted of local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, either because of age (hence the nickname "Dad's Army") or by being in professions exempt from conscription. Dad's Army deals almost exclusively with men over military age, and featured older British actors, including Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe
, John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
, Arnold Ridley and John Laurie
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Dandy Dick
DANDY DICK is a 1935 British comedy film starring Will Hay . It was based on the 1887 play Dandy Dick by Arthur Wing Pinero
Arthur Wing Pinero
. It is the second and last of his films to be based on a play by Arthur Wing Pinero – the first was Those Were the Days which was based on The Magistrate . Moore Marriott , who played an uncredited role in the film, later became a famous foil to Hay in films later on alongside Graham Moffatt , it was during the film of Dandy Dick that Marriott introduced the idea of being a supporting player to Hay. PLOTA vicar who lives in the country with his daughter and grandson discovers he owns a share in a racehorse. He must now put his principles aside and attempt to save the church by gambling . A doping scandal ensues. PARTIAL CAST * Will Hay as Vicar the Rev
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Windbag The Sailor
WINDBAG THE SAILOR (1936) is a British comedy film directed by William Beaudine , starring Will Hay in the title role. The film marked the first appearance of Hay with Graham Moffatt
Graham Moffatt
and Moore Marriott acting as his straight men, however both Moffatt and Marriott had previously acted in films starring Hay prior to this, in Dandy Dick and Where There\'s a Will , respectively. PLOTBen Cutlet ( Will Hay ) is a retired barge captain who entertains his bar room audience with tales of his alleged days at sea, although his maritime experience extends no further than navigating a coal barge. His tall tales catch him out when he is conned into commanding the unseaworthy Rob Roy to the West Indies
West Indies
by a gang of criminals who mean to scuttle the ship for the insurance money
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Dr Benjamin Twist
DR BENJAMIN TWIST is a recurring fictional character who appears in several films featuring comedian Will Hay
Will Hay
, who portrays the character in all mediums. CONTENTS * 1 Character history * 2 Appearances * 2.1 Good Morning, Boys * 2.2 Hey! Hey! USA! * 2.3 Convict 99
Convict 99
* 3 Other appearances * 4 References CHARACTER HISTORYDr. Benjamin Twist is a bumbling, fraudulent but lovable science teacher of the (fictional) ST. MICHAEL\'S SCHOOL, which forms the backdrop of the films he appears in. Twist's typical appearance was with a mortarboard at an angle on his head and a pince-nez on his nose, as he squinted in a bewildered way at his unruly pupils. APPEARANCESGOOD MORNING, BOYSTwist's first appearance was in the 1937 film Good Morning, Boys , in which he is presented as the laid-back headmaster of St
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Convict 99
CONVICT 99 is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring British comedian Will Hay
Will Hay
and Googie Withers
Googie Withers
. PLOTIncompetent Dr Benjamin Twist ( Will Hay
Will Hay
) is dismissed from his job as headmaster at St. Michaels' School (the school returns in a later film The Ghost of St. Michael\'s ), and applies for a job in another school. Going for interview, he is called into another office where they are expecting John Benjamin, a strict prison governor recently arrived from Australia
Australia
who is applying for the vacancy at Blakedown Prison in Devon
Devon
. On the way to what Twist believes is the school, he becomes drunk, and on arrival is mistaken for Max Slessor, a prisoner who had escaped during a jailbreak
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