"Gasbags" is WWII British comedy staring the Crazy Gang (Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton and Jimmy Gold). Filmed during the Battle of Britain the story starts with the gang as enlisted men in charge of barrage balloon placement for the Kenningwood section. After they are discovered by their Sgt. Major using their balloon to drum up business for their fish stall they are ordered to remove the balloon from the roof of their shop, but not before a powerful gust of wind carries the balloon with the gang over the English channel, across enemy lines where they are captured by the Germans.
I've seen the movie maybe a dozen times, and I love it. Why? Who knows? I've had friends who've seen it and referred to it as "moronic". Picky, Picky, Picky.
So it's a WWII era comedy, what makes it dieselpunk? That's the
surprise. I will give you one hint. If you've ever watched one of the Flash Gordon serials you'll know it when you see it. If you're hoping Buster Crabbe show ups? Let me go ahead and answer that with a resounding "Hell no!".
Oh, and one last thing. If any of you are familiar with the BBC show "Dad's Army" Bud Flanagan, the founder of the "Crazy Gang" sang the theme song.