The Goose Steps Out Blu-ray Review – 1942 Will Hay, Classic British Comedy

It’s time to look at a classic British comedy from 1942 starring Will Hay. The good news is it’s been restored, just how well we will find out, here’s my The Goose Steps Out blu-ray review.

  • The Goose Steps Out (1942)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Directed by Will Hay & Basil Dearden
  • Written by Angus MacPhail & John Dighton
  • Music by Bretton Byrd
  • Cinematography by Ernest Palmer
  • UK Rating U
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Studiocanal
  • Blu-ray Released: 15 May 2017


Will Hay plays British schoolmaster William Potts during the Second World War. When Potts is mistaken for a German spy named Muller the British arrest him only to find he is in fact the perfect doppelganger of Muller.

With the real spy in custody the British hatch a plan to send Potts to Germany in Muller’s place to uncover plans for a new devastating weapon, a gas-fire bomb.

Style / Direction

It’s a black and white film from 1942, the look and feel is pure classic British comedy, that is to say the jokes are good and the pace moves along a frantic pace. This all makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience, without any lulls in proceedings.

Music / Audio Effects

The music has that classic British war/comedy feel that is simply the perfect accompaniment to the on screen fun.

Acting / Characters

The Acting suits the period and is done very well.

Will Hay plays British schoolmaster William Potts / Muller a German expert in espionage. Hay is on top form and makes The Goose Steps out a joy to watch. Great delivery along with perfect comic timing takes the film to another level.

Backed up by an outstanding cast with the likes of Peter Ustinov and Charles Hawtrey the film flows along nicely.

In fact Charles Hawtrey who plays a trainee German spy is in fact the stand out performer behind Will Hay. His inclusion taking the film up a notch or two. Similarly to Hay he seems to have a natural talent for delivering his comedic lines effortlessly whilst perfectly matching the films tone.

Whilst Hawtrey is probably best known for his appearances in the Carry On films it’s nice to see him in other film roles.


  • Will Hay
  • Frank Pettingell
  • Julien Mitchell
  • Charles Hawtrey
  • Peter Ustinov

Conclusion: The Goose Steps Out (1942) Film Review

From start to finish The Goose Steps out is a thoroughly enjoyable film. Will Hay’s style of comedy comes across as effortless and is pretty much perfect.

Backed up with a great support cast, with Charles Hawtrey of Carry On fame particularly good. If you have never seen this little gem of a film before I highly recommend it.

The jokes come at a fairly rapid rate and all are delivered to exquisitely.

So in short if you are looking for a fun easy going film you should definitely take a look at Ealing Studio’s The Goose Steps Out.

The look and feel is pure classic British comedy, that is to say the jokes are good and the pace moves along a frantic pace.

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Conclusion: The Goose Steps Out Blu-ray Review

Watching The Goose Steps Out in its newly restored form really does enhance the overall enjoyment. The picture quality is quite simply excellent, the image is clear and sharp with practically no speckles (I think I saw one)

For Will Hay fans or maybe lovers of classic British comedy then this newly released Blu-ray version of The Goose Steps Out is a must have for any film collection.


  • Interview with Graham Rinaldi (21 mins)
  • Go to Blazes – Will Hay short (8 mins)
  • BBC Radio 3 The Essay: British Film Comedians – Will Hay (13 mins)

A first-rate set of extras that give a detailed background into Will Hay and his films. In addition the inclusion of the public information film from the Second World War, Go to Blazes is marvellous little bonus.

Popcorn Cinema Rating:

The Goose Steps Out (1942)




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Blu-ray Releases May 2017

Normally I would leave you with a little taster of the film however I couldn’t locate a trailer or suitable clip.

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Summary: The Goose Steps Out (1942) Blu-ray Review
Blu-ray Releases May 2017

Movie title: The Goose Steps Out (1942)

Duration: 75 mins

Director(s): Basil Dearden, Will Hay

Actor(s): Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Ustinov, Frank Pettingell, Julien Mitchell,

Genre: Comedy

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A true British comedy classic starring the outstanding Will Hay, perfectly restored.