Hey! Hey! USA

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Hey! Hey! USA
"Hey! Hey! USA" (1938).jpg
Directed by Marcel Varnel
Written by J. O. C. Orton
Produced by Michael Balcon
Starring Will Hay
Edgar Kennedy
Edmon Ryan
David Burns
Cinematography Arthur Crabtree
Edited by R. E. Dearing
Music by Charles Williams
Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Release date
  • October 1938 (1938-10)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Hey! Hey! USA is a 1938 British comedy film starring comedian Will Hay, Edgar Kennedy and Eddie Ryan. [1] Hay appears as Benjamin Twist, a porter who accidentally finds himself on a ship bound for the United States. The film features an early appearance by child actor Roddy McDowall, before he went to live in America. [2]


Plot outline

Benjamin Twist, a teacher working during school holidays as a ship's porter ends up on a ship bound for America and impersonating a professor, Phineas Tavistock. Along with American gangster and stowaway Bugs Leary (Edgar Kennedy), Twist finds himself entangled in a plot to kidnap the son of a millionaire whom 'Professor' Tavistock is teaching. Things are further complicated by the fact that two sets of gangsters are attempting to get their hands on the ransom money, which Twist is given to hand over.


Critical reception

Sky Movies wrote, "incomparable Will Hay reprises his splendidly shifty Dr Benjamin Twist character (the incompetent headmaster of St Michael's) in this breezy British comedy set in a quaintly observed America full of gun-toting gangsters. Comic stalwart Edgar Kennedy provides slow-burning support under the direction of Marcel Varnel, the dapper Frenchman who made most of Hay's biggest successes. " [2]


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  2. 1 2 "Hey! Hey! USA - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 23 May 2002. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.