7 September 2016 | MartinHafer
The first of the Will Hay professor films...
During his career, Will Hay played a bunch of roles where he starred as an incompetent professor at a boys' school. Well, for you trivia folks, "Boys Will Be Boys" is his film film in which he plays this sort of role.
When the film begins, you see that Dr. Alec Smart (Hay) is teaching at a prison and daydreams about teaching at a boys school where the kids love and respect him. The problem is that the governor (we'd call him a 'warden' here in the States) thinks Dr. Smart is an incompetent and doesn't want to inflict him on the boys! But the letter from the governor is intercepted by one of the inmates and he then forges a much more favorable letter and sends it. Soon, Smart's been chosen for the job.
As soon as Smart arrives, he naturally screws up since he's a bit of an idiot and has a penchant for gambling. Naturally, there's a real rules-oriented guy at the school who takes a fast dislike of Smart and vows to get him fired. In the midst of all this, Smart's lady benefactor has her valuable necklace stolen and it becomes an integral part of the big rugby match.
In many ways, Hay is grabbing onto the big trend in American comedies of the early to mid-1930s--the big football game. But, since this is a British comedy, it's rugby. And, as far as Hays later films go, this one is very comparable though his character is a bit less stupid in this one. Still funny...but not quite the bumbler, as you'll see by the end of the film. Worth seeing...particularly if you like Hay films, though sadly I am in the minority here in the USA because most folks simply haven't heard of this fine comic.