Featuring a legendary comedy line-up, Joey Boy charts the wartime misadventures of a gang of London spivs who decide that a tour of duty with the Army is preferable to another stint at His Majesty’s pleasure.
While posters urge austerity and vigilance in wartime Britain, ‘Joey Boy’ Thompson (Harry H. Corbett) has never had it better. In a cellar beneath his East London fish shop, a gambling club thrives – and austerity provides a nice black-market sideline.
But the dolce vita crumbles when police arrive in a lightning raid and offer Joey and his fellow reprobates a stark choice: sign up for active service, or face another stint inside.
Thus the lads find themselves heading off to Italy, determined to make the best of it.
Directed and co-written by Frank Launder and co-produced by his long-term St Trinians collaborators Sidney and Leslie Gilliat.
Joey Boy Thompson
Harry H. Corbett
‘Benny the Kid’ Lindowski
‘Mad George’ Long
Sir John Averycorn