|Those Were the Days|
|Directed by||Thomas Bentley|
|Based on|| The Magistrate |
by Arthur Wing Pinero
|Produced by||Walter C. Mycroft|
|Edited by||Edward B. Jarvis|
|Music by||Idris Lewis|
|Distributed by||Wardour Films|
|28 March 1934|
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The film was produced and released by British International Pictures and was shot at the company's Elstree Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director Duncan Sutherland.
The strait-laced magistrate Brutus Poskett (Will Hay) is concerned that his wife (Iris Hoey) may be older than he believes her to be, especially as his young stepson (John Mills) seems very precocious for an apparently fifteen-year-old boy.
Mrs Poskett tries to stop an impending visit from her first husband's friend (Claud Allister), who knows her true age, by confronting him at a local music hall. However, unbeknown to her, Poskett has also been persuaded to go to the music hall with his "adolescent" stepson and, in an ensuing melée Poskett's wife and her sister are arrested.
The following day, Poskett sentences both to seven days imprisonment, failing to recognise them as they are heavily veiled.
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