Sort of beats
Brian Cox hands down..
Things can only get better.....
It’s 80 years since Gainsborough Pictures released the comedy Boys Will Be Boys, the movie that finally established ex-music hall performer Will Hay as a British film name – during that same year of 1935 he also published an accomplished astronomy book Through My Telescope. Hay was now a rising star in both senses of the word …
I still remember nearly dying with laughter watching Will Hay films when I was young - when I was reviewing a Marx Bros film a few weeks ago I got to thinking of Oh! Mr Porter, and The goose steps.
Thanks for the memories - and when I get a spare evening, I'll search YouTube for some more memories.
I remember going for an interview at UCL (back in the seventies) which was held at their observatory out at Mill Hill - originally Will Hays place. Impressive selection of equipment (well, I thought so at the time - Hubble it wasn't). It must have been wonderful when it was built, out there in the countryside north of London. By the seventies it had a dual carriageway right on the doorstep, laden with massive lorries rumbling by and shaking everything up, and the sodium streetlights everywhere were a bit of a problem too. At optical wavelengths the site was pretty well useless. Pity.
I remember going there too, although I wasn't aware it was Will Hay's old place. Some impressive instruments, but terrible location. I remember one problem they commented on was getting Mercury lines on their spectrum caused by the local football grounds floodlights.
However I was impressed by the CCD one student had built housed in a old bake bean tin...
My other half had childhood memories of watching re-runs of Will Hay movies, so when she found them on LoveFilm we spent a few weekends working our way through his back catalogue.
Wonderful stuff...the only blow was when stepson #2 piped up "so, did you watch these at the cinema when they first came out?"
a Buster Keaton tribute as Hay and Hulbert end up hanging off the clock face of Big Ben
It sounds like it was actually a tribute to Harold Lloyd. The famous clock face routine is in his film Safety Last.
(To confirm my recollection, I searched Google for "buster keaton clock". Oddly, the first page of results contains four images from the Harold Lloyd film, a YouTube link for the Harold Lloyd film, a Wikipedia article about the Harold Lloyd film, and five other links related to the Harold Lloyd film. The interwebs seem to think Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd were the same person.)
Glad to see this article, I think Will Hay is one of the great unsung stars.
My dad got me into Will Hay films in the late 70s, they used to show them on TV a bit more then. Strangely enough I came across his films again by accident at archive.org where most were available to watch for free. Must settle down one rainy Sunday afternoon and revisit my youth.