Windbag the Sailor


Captain Ben Cutlet (Will Hay) likes to spin yarns about all of his {fake} seafaring adventures, one day his false past comes to bite him as he is bluffed into captaining the Rob Roy at sea, the Rob Roy being barely sea worthy and doomed to be wrecked by a crafty shipping agent.

Windbag the Sailor (1936) is a British comedy film directed by William Beaudine, starring Will Hay in the title role. Ben Cutlet (Will Hay) is a sea captain who entertains his bar room audience with tales of his days at sea, even though in reality his maritime experience extends only to navigating a coal barge. His tall tales catch him out when he is conned into commanding the Rob Roy, an unseaworthy ship, to the West Indies by a gang of criminals who mean to scuttle the ship for the insurance money.
The film marked the first appearance of the famous team of Hay, Moffatt and Marriott.


  • Will Hay as Captain Ben Cutlet
  • Moore Marriott as Jerry Harbottle
  • Graham Moffatt as Albert
  • Norma Varden as Olivia Potter-Porter
  • Kenneth Warrington as Yates
  • Dennis Wyndham as Jim Maryatt
  • Amy Veness as Emma Harbottle
  • Leonard Sharp as Crew member

Category:1937 films
Category:British films
Category:British comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:1930s comedy films
Category:Films directed by William Beaudine
Category:Black-and-white films

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