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Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the "Firefly", being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three times, finally "joins" when, during an air raid, he is mistaken for a real sailor. He soon unwittingly stumbles into the secret hideout of the Nazi spies trying to destroy the Firefly. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Written by Phil Park & Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
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Not Rock-Bottom George
4 September 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

There is nothing so tedious as comedy that isn't funny, and for the first part of this film that was what I felt I was saddled with. Unfunny dialogue competes with pratfalls and very contrived plot mechanics, as George Formby does his bit for the war effort as an thoroughly incompetent club steward who is determined to get into the Navy. The songs aren't exactly immortal, either.

But it does improve, helped by George's undeniable charm, which shows through once the character is allowed to become a little more resourceful and stop falling on his face every five minutes; by the end of the film, you can actually credit that the spick-and-span heroine might have fallen in love with him. And it's a decent part for the girl as well, as she gets to boss her beau around, represent the Navy against his impostor, and ultimately save the day via her naval training. Once the very obvious contrivances at the beginning of the plot are out of the way, it manages to become first amusing and then intriguing -- this is never going to be top-class Formby, but it's worth hanging on a bit, as it gets better as it goes along.


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