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Whisky Galore (1949)

Whisky Galore! (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 25 December 1949 (USA)
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.


(novel) (as Compton Mackenzie), (screenplay) (as Compton Mackenzie) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Waggett
Gabrielle Blunt ...
Jean Cadell ...
Morland Graham ...
The Biffer
James Woodburn ...
Roderick MacRurie
James Anderson ...
Old Hector
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Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year. Written by Jörg Ausfelt <joerg.ausfelt@telia.com>

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Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The clip used for the sinking of the SS Cabinet Minister is the same as that used for the sinking of the Jervis Bay in the film San Demetrio London (1943). See more »


When Captain Waggett telephones the Post Office, he is unable to get through to the switchboard operator. Seconds later, he is speaking to Mistress Campbell. He could not possibly do so without the Post Office switchboard connecting him. See more »


Captain Paul Waggett: [Speaking about the islanders] They're so unsporting. They don't do things for the sake of doing them like the English. We play the game for the sake of the game. Other nations play the game for the sake of winning it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: By a strange coincidence the S.S. Cabinet Minister was wrecked off the Island of Todday [in the movie] two years after the S.S. Politician, with a similar cargo, was wrecked [in real life] off the Island of Eriskay. But the coincidence stops there, for our story and the characters in it are pure fiction. See more »


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Over My Head?
9 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whiskey from a stranded ship.

This was Alexander Mackendrick's directorial debut, and a solid one at that. There is humor, to be sure, and something of a dark humor at that. Apparently, Scotland is a dreary place when whiskey and cigarettes are scarce.

But although I liked it, I think I missed something, because it did not jump out at me as anything much beyond the average films of the day. I guess maybe I should watch it again or in the context of Mackendrick's career, but oh well.

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