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High and Dry (1954)

The 'Maggie' (original title)
Passed | | Comedy | February 1954 (UK)
An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.


(screenplay), (original story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
the American / Marshall
Alex Mackenzie ...
The Skipper
James Copeland ...
The Mate
Abe Barker ...
The Engineer
Tommy Kearins ...
The Wee Boy
Hubert Gregg ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
Miss Peters
The Reporter
Meg Buchanan ...
Mark Dignam ...
Jameson Clark ...
Dirty Dan
Moultrie Kelsall ...
C.S.S. Skipper
Fiona Clyne ...
Sheila Shand Gibbs ...


The skipper of a tatty coastal 'puffer' boat cons an American into letting "The Maggie" carry a cargo to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he's been conned but can he stop them? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

February 1954 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events and characters in this film are wholly fictitious. See more »


Calvin B. Marshall, the American: [Looking at a picture of MacTaggart] Is that MacTaggart? Well. he;s a crafty-looking buzzard, all right! No wonder he was able to put one over on Pusey.
Campbell: If I may say so, Mr. Marshall, I don't think a man need be very quick to leave Mr. Pusey behind.
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Update on Tommy Kearins (the "wee boy Dougie")
28 May 2003 | by (Barrow in Furness, England) – See all my reviews

Further to my remarks regarding Tommy Kearins (the wee boy). He is living in retirement with wife Ena in Glasgow. I have been lucky enough to meet him several times including a trip to the Crinan Canal where some of the film was made. Scenes of the "Loch Morar Bar" and the pier being destroyed by the Maggie were filmed at the Crinan Harbour entrance of the canal - each being specially built by Ealing Studios. Subsequent scenes were filmed on the island of Islay - the scene where the trio are caught by Marshall at the Imperial Bar (with the round church in the background) are filmed at Bowmore on Islay ( a scene little changed except for the phone box which was a prop), whereas the final sequence is at Port Askaig, also on Islay. Look carefully and you may see that the last scene has been reshot against a painted backdrop at Ealing.

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