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Opening title
Directed by
Written by
Produced byEdward Black
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Music byLouis Levy
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
1 February 1941
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Gasbags is a 1941 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and Marcel Varnel and starring The Crazy Gang as well as Moore Marriott.[1] The film was a morale-booster in the early part of the Second World War.[2]


It was shot at the Lime Grove Studios in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Alex Vetchinsky. It was the fourth and final film starring the comedians at Gainsborough Pictures. Flanagan and Allen subsequently moved to British National where they made a further four films over the next few years.

Plot summary

The Crazy Gang's mobile fish and chip shop is tethered to a barrage balloon which lifts the shop into the air and the gang is carried to Nazi Germany. They are captured but break out of prison, impersonate Adolf Hitler and return to England in a stolen secret weapon.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "An exhilarating comedy";[3] while the Radio Times called it "the best film ever made by the Crazy Gang...Director Marcel Varnel has just the right surreal touch to make it work and leave audiences laughing."[2]



  1. ^ "Gasbags (1941)".
  2. ^ a b "Gasbags – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  3. ^ "Gasbags - TV Guide".


  • Mayer, Geoff. Guide to British Cinema. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003.

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