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High and Dry (1954)
"The 'Maggie'" (original title)

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

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Cast

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

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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cargo | boat | vessel | ship | scotland | See All (22) »

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A Scotch Mist...A Girl Never Kissed...A Yank Who Missed...and Landed HIGH AND DRY See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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February 1954 (UK)  »

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High and Dry  »

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(as R.C.A. Sound System)| (G.B.-Kalee Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Alexander Mackendrick was not personally very satisfied with the finished film as he felt that it concentrated too much on his own personal concerns and not enough on things relevant to anyone else. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

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Cock O' The North
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Arranged by Dock Mathieson
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Update on Tommy Kearins
6 July 2001 | by (Barrow in Furness, England) – See all my reviews

At 5th July 2001. Further to my previous review of "The Maggie" Tommy Kearins, Dougie the wee boy in the film, is alive and well and living in retirement in Scotland at age 63. He tells me that he was selected for the role after being spotted in the Scouts "Gang Show" working backstage. After being interviewed by Ealing he spent 3 months making the film in 1953 and recalls he was paid over 3 times what his father made in the Clyde shipyards. He still takes a keen interest in the old "puffers" like "The Maggie" and hopes to attend a get- together of enthusiasts at the crinan canal in a few weeks time. The Maggie was actually two boats in the film, the "Boer" and the "Inca". Phil Hatfield.


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