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All at Sea (1957)

Barnacle Bill (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 21 December 1957 (USA)
A seasick sea Captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

T.E.B. Clarke (story), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
Harry Locke ... Reporter
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Barman
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Bus Driver
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Commander
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Captain
John Horsley ... First Surgeon
Derek Waring Derek Waring ... Second Surgeon
Donald Pleasence ... Cashier
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Bank Manager
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Barrington
Percy Herbert ... Tommy
Victor Maddern ... Figg
Harold Goodwin ... Duckworth
Junia Crawford Junia Crawford ... Evie
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Storyline

Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished sailors, but is all too susceptible to seasickness. After the war, he buys himself a nautical command on shore, a decrepit amusement pier at the British resort town Sandcastle-on-Sea, whose prim town council has outlawed arcade games as a form of gambling. Running the pier like a Naval vessel, the Captain's determination to make it a modern, going concern meets steady opposition. But with an unexpected new ally, he pursues a remarkable scheme to liberate his "ship" from land authorities. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The captain preferred the merry times on land to the mermaids at sea !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All at Sea See more »

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Budget:

$659,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alec Guinness served in the Royal Navy during World War II. See more »

Goofs

The rat seen abandoning the R.M.S. Arabella is obviously an animated model. See more »

Quotes

Figg: Is that how they do it in the Navy, sir?
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose: I take it you are never in the service, Figg?
Figg: I never wanted to be. I've spent all my life on a dredger and if you're going to run this pier like a battleship, I shall be sorry I left it.
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose: Well, I am going to run it like a battleship. All the best piers in the country or run naval-style and, under my command, Sandcastle pier will be no exception. I shan't be satisfied until everything is ship-... er... pier-shape and Blackpool-fashion.
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Crazy Credits

Against a background of high seas, the opening credit text rolls with the waves, up off the screen and down under water, with motion so realistic it almost makes the audience seasick. See more »

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Forever Ealing
3 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From Ealing Studios comes "All At Sea," a 1957 film starring Alec Guinness and a cast that includes names which were or became familiar names/familiar faces in British film and theatre productions (and in one case, books): Irene Browne, Maurice Denham, Lionel Jeffries, Joan Hickson, George Rose, Jackie Collins, Donald Pleasence, and Eric Pohlmann, most of these actors in small roles.

Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of sailors who had sketchy histories, but he himself can't get on the water because of seasickness.

After the war, he buys an amusement pier in a resort town, which the town council wants to tear down. However, he is too clever for them. He has it registered as a ship, thus making it impossible for them to get rid of it.

He is able to make the pier profitable and becomes friends with the woman (Irene Browne) who has rental huts on the beach that are about to become displaced by the grand plans of the council. And they haven't given up yet.

Amusing film with Alec Guinness playing Captain Ambrose -- and like most great actors, he does the part seriously, which makes it funnier. He carries the film as the other actors have small roles. Browne's is a little bigger and she is wonderful as first an enemy of the captain and then as a warm friend.

The final scenes are excellent, as Ambrose's heritage comes into play. Really fine film.


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