Release dateApril 1934 WriterJack Jordan, Frank Launder, Frank Miller, Arthur Wing Pinero (play), Fred Thompson CastWill Hay (Magistrate Brutus Poskett), Iris Hoey (Agatha Poskett), Angela Baddeley (Charlotte Verrinder), Claud Allister (Capt. Horace Vale), George Graves (Col. Alexander Lukyn), John Mills (Bobby Poskett) Similar moviesWill Hay appears in Those Were the Days and Dandy Dick
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Those Were the Days is a 1934 British film primarily remembered as Will Hay's first major screen role. It was based on Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's 1885 farce The Magistrate and was the first of two Hay movies based on Pinero's plays, the other being Dandy Dick. The movie also featured music hall acts of the time - acts of a type rarely committed to film.
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 upcoming visit from her first husband's friend (Claud Allister), who knows her true age, by confronting him at a local music hall. However, unbeknownst to her, Poskett has also been convinced to go to the music hall with his "adolescent" stepson and, in an ensuing melee, 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.